James Kelcher, 80, of Vidor died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at his residence in Vidor. Funeral services will be held at 1 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

James was born April 20, 1929 in Orange and has lived in Vidor since 1977. He was a machinist with Ohmstede machine works for 35 years and served his country in the U.S. Navy.  

James was preceded in death by his wife, Darline Kelcher; and grandson, Darrin Matthew Smith. 

He is survived by his sons, Louie Kelcher Jr. and his wife, Mary Lynn of Austin, Danny Garrett and his wife, Sheila, Donny Garrett and his wife, Jo Ellen, Dicky Garrett and Donna Gail all of Vidor, Dale Garrett of Flowery Branch, Ga.; daughters, Jan Westerterp and her husband, Nick of Ivanhoe, Debra Smith and her husband, Jimmy of Vidor; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.