James Richard Sehr, 88, of Cupertino, California, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away July 4th. He was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Louisville, KY to Richard P. Sehr and Nellie May Nall Sehr. He was a graduate of St.
Xavier High School, Bellarmine College, and the University of Louisville. A longtime
Boy Scout, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout after service in the Korean War.
James joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1948, and was activated with his unit
in August 1950. He participated in operations with the First Marine Regiment in Korea from
November 1950 to December 1951.
James is survived by his only son, David C. Sehr, of Cupertino, CA. Other survivors include his
Daughter-in-law, Janice Sehr; grandsons, Gregory P. Sehr and Andrew N. Sehr of Cupertino, CA;
Sister-in-law, Joy H. Emery of Beaumont, CA; niece, Susan (Frank) Gorgei and great-nephew
Ryan Gorgei of Beaumont, CA. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of
more than sixty years, Edith Ann Hobbs Sehr, whom he married in Louisville on September 10,
1955. Others preceding him in death include his parents, Richard P. Sehr and Nellie May Sehr;
his only sister, Helen Marie O'Brien; his brothers-in-law, Joseph C. O'Brien and John Emery; his mother-in-law, Ruby Hobbs; and his nephew Stephen Bailey.
Moving to Indianapolis for employment reasons, James was a resident of Indianapolis for more
than forty years. He was an active parishioner at St. Luke Catholic Church, serving as lector,
usher, and in other capacities. A lifelong student of History, he held positions at several
educational institutions. He retired from Federal Government service in 1996. He had recently
moved to Cupertino, CA to be closer to his son's family.
Visitation for James will be from 4:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 12th at Leppert Mortuary - Nora Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30am Friday, July 13th at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis, followed by interment in Crown Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at: www.leppertmortuary.com
David and family, I was sadden to hear the passing of your Dad, Jim. I’m so glad he had this past year to be close by to you and yours. I always enjoy our ushering days together and your mother’s gentle way. They will be missed, but they are now together in heaven. May God bless and comfort each of you and may your cherished memories bring you a source of peace.
David and family members,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. As you know, Jim and I worked together for many years at Butler university, and discovered we were both members of St. Luke Parish. While not the closest of friends, we developed a good friendship over the years and were involved in many mutual activities.
I enjoyed observing the pride he had in you and the closeness and love he shared with your mother.
He was a good man full of faith and committed to the Catholic Church.
May he rest in peace.
Joe and Ida Lamberti
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