This was published in the August 2, 2001 edition of the Wapello Republican, Wapello, Iowa. I am not related to Dr. Petrikin and have no further information.
Jim Petrikin, chiropractor for over 20 years and former Councilman and Mayor of Fountain Valley, Calif., died July 24, 2001, of natural causes at the age of 61.
Jim was a doer and a giver. He served his community of Fountain Valley in many ways and his accomplishments left the city a far better place.
Jim served as a two-term president of the FV Chamber of Commerce, President of the FV Boys Club, President and charter member of the Fountain Valley Rotary club, President of the Exchange Club and a chapter member of the Omni Service Club. He was a Lord Baden Powell and a FV Citizen of the Year Aware recipient. Jim also belonged to the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge Number 1959 and was a member of the King of Lutheran Church.
Whenever he saw a need, he acted; for example, when local veterans wanted to organize a Verterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fountain Valley, Jim was there. Through his leadership, VFW Post 91557 was formed and Jim was asked to be it's first commander.
When not busy working for the community, Jim was active professionally. He was Treasurer of the California Chiropractic Association and President of the Orange County Chiropractic Society, as well as a political advocate for his patients. Three times Jim was the recipient of the Distinguished Community Services Award present to a chiropractic by his peers. His local Chiropractic Society won Association of the Year under his leadership and he was twice voted Doctor of the Year.
Besides love of family, his first love in his life was for his patients. He missed all of them on a daily basis when a disability forced his retirement.
He will be remembered by the patients he helped, by his many friends, and by the community he loved and served so well.
James Drumb Petrikin was born December 19, 1939 in Iowa City, Iowa. The son of Lucille and David Petrikin, he grew up in Iowa and oregon and served his country in the Air Force during the Tripoli Conflict, 1957 - 1959.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Petrikin, his son, Dr. James D. Petrikin II, step-daughters Kelly Ann Pollock-McConnell and Pepper Carlton Pollock and his five grandchildren. Jim was also the father of a daughter, Janice Marie Petrikin-Price (deceased).
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, Aug 18, at the First Presbyterian Church in Wapello (Iowa), officiated by the Rev. Mary N. Pugh. Burial of his cremains will follow at the Wapello Cemetery. Family and friends will then be served a luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello is providing the local care and arrangements.