James (Jim) Courtright

June 30, 1953 ~ June 3, 2022 (age 68)


James (Jim) Courtright age 68 of Griffith, IN passed away from a rare disease (CJD) on June 3rd 2022. He is survived by his children Sarah (Tony) Lewis and Matthew Courtright. His grandchildren Carter, Brooks, and Scarlett. Siblings JoAnne, Jeff, Paul, Peggy, Pat, Jean, Annette, and Liz. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins. His special friend Mary Ann Sochacki, and his business partner Mary Beth Hughes. Preceded in death by his parents Adele and Loren and his sisters Carol and Gail.

Jim was one in a million. He was a legend in the advertising community for over 40 years and won many awards. He worked for Moonik, Garfield and Linn, Grey Chicago, Zwiren and Wagner, The Art Bunch, EJL, J. Walter Tompson, Long Haymes, Carr, Bozell Chicago, Clear Channel and did freelance work in Chicago and NWI. He started his own business Big Thinking by the Hour with Mary Beth Hughes in 2003.

In his last years, he spent most of his time with his grandchildren. Being a Papa was his true joy. He loved spending time with his granddaughter going on walks, trips to the park, visiting the animals at Scheeringa"s Farm, and acting out whatever character his she wanted him to be that day. He ran the Kennedy Mile with his grandsons, engaged them in talks about science and math, and had movie night Sundays.

He was a man of many talents and interests. He ran (and recruited many) for cross country at Highland High School. He rode his bike on the bike trail and went swimming at the Y often.  He was a comic book connoisseur (Marvel Universe) and drew super heroes for his grandchildren. He loved blues music and played harmonica. He enjoyed swing dancing and gardening with Mary Ann. He was writing a screen play that his niece will finish in his honor. But most of all he enjoyed time spent with family and friends doing the things he loved.

Jim was an exceptional artist, creative beyond measure, had a dry sense of humor, and was willing to help anyone anywhere. He always had a smile on his face, was kind to everyone, and was an inspiration to many.

Celebration of Life June 25, 2022 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center 8941 Klienman Rd Highland, IN, 46322. Anyone is invited to speak about Jim at the Celebration.

Please join the family for food at Shipwreck Restaurant 840 S Broad St Griffith, IN 46319 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Jim went to the BBQ and Blues Fest many years to celebrate his birthday. Please join the family at 7:00 pm at Central Park 600 N Broad St Griffith, IN for some blues music and fireworks.

In lieu of flowers, please donate at the Celebration of life for a bench in Jim's name at Central Park where many memories were made with his children and grandchildren.

For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at

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Celebration of Life Gathering
June 25, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322

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