James J. Yager, age
75 of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, after a
courageous battle against Parkinsonís disease, with his loving family at his
He was born June 6,
1939, the son of Pete and Mary (Matis) Yager.
He is survived by
his wife of 51 years, Susan (Williams).
Also surviving are
his children, Michael (Robin) of Portage, Ind., Michelle (fiancé Mike Ham)
of Valparaiso and Jill Yager of Valparaiso; grandchildren Andrew, Maliah,
Ella and Jake.
He is also survived
by his sister-in-law Irene (late Larry) Carty and brother-in-law Gary (Judy)
Williams and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his
parents and sister Lillian (late Jerry) Patrick.
Jim was born and
raised in Whiting, graduating from Whiting High School, class of 1957,
residing the last 18 years in Porter County.
He worked at
Unilever for 38 years as a machinist before retiring in 1995. He and Susan
enjoyed traveling together including spending several winters in Florida and
Arizona. He enjoyed boating, biking and golfing with his family and friend.
Jim will be
remembered for his strong work ethic, devotion to his wife and children and
an immeasurable strength to meet lifeís challenges.
A memorial mass to
celebrate Jimís life will be held at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student
Center, 1511 LaPorte Ave., Valparaiso, on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 6:00
p.m. Friends are invited to meet with the family directly at the church from
5:00 p.m. until time of mass. The family requests no flowers.