Jim was born on August 9, 1949 to Betty and Jim Gavaghan. Jim attended Little Flower Grade School and Scecina High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1970 and served two years active duty, one of which was in Da Nang, Viet Nam. Upon returning home he joined the Indianapolis Fire Department. He proudly served for 26 years. Jim was an avid sports fan. He was a die hard Yankees fan. He excelled in baseball playing at Scecina. Some of his favorite memories were playing with the Fire Department Softball League. He worked at South Grove Golf Course after retiring. Jim was preceded in death by his mother Betty and his brother Bill. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, D.Dee and their children, Ryan (Shirali) and Katie (Mike) Masilonis. He has three grandchildren, Asha, Kiran, and Emily. Also surviving are his siblings, Dennis (Monica), Pattiann (Steve) Johnson and Bob (Susie). He has 5 nieces and nephews.
Prayers will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 5th at Oakley-Hammond Funeral Home, Moore & Kirk Irvington Chapel, 5342 E. Washington St., followed by Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Little Flower Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 4th at the funeral home, with Recitation of the Rosary at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.