South Bend-James Edward McPhail, 91, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2020 at 11:30pm. He was born November 5, 1928 in Royalton, IL to Otto L. and Gertrude (Hawkins) McPhail along with 2 brothers, C. Robert (McPhail) and John (Mary Ann) McPhail and 1 sister, Helen Hopper. James is survived by his wife, Carol whom he was married to for 70 years; sons, James Steven (Margo) McPhail and J. Michael (Connie) McPhail, 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Jim had 3 sons, one sadly passing in infancy.
On July 7, 1950, James married Carol (Greer) and after taking a job at Ball Band, later known as Uniroyal, they moved to Mishawaka. After working at Uniroyal for 41 years, Jim retired. He and Carol then took up seeing the country on a Gold Wing motorcycle and rode in about 42 states, Canada and a trip to Australia forming many lasting friendships. Jim was also instrumental in the starting of the Elkhart Chapter of Gold Wing Road Riders and served as Chapter Director for 4 years. At about 75 years, he gave that up and settled down a little. He stayed active until he became ill several years ago.
Due to current public health and safety standards for COVID-19, social distancing will be enforced and face masks required.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Hahn Funeral Home at 505 West 8th Street, Mishawaka, IN 46544. There will be a private burial on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 for the family.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Caring Junction for the wonderful care they gave Jim for the 2 ½ years he was there. We are very grateful.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka, IN or Coalbush United Methodist Church.
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