James Wardlaw, 77Published 4:44pm Sunday, July 8, 2012
Born: Oct. 13, 1935
Died: July 7, 2012
James S. Wardlaw, 77, Sister Lakes, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 7, 2012, at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, surrounded by his family.
Jim was born in New York City, New York, Oct. 13, 1935, to John C. and Marchess E. Wardlaw.
He was an avid golfer, sailor and boater, serving as President of the Dewey Lake Property Owners for two years. He retired from Continental Can Company, St. Joseph, in 1990, then as founder of Grassland Materials Company in 1998. He was known for his political opinions often seen in the pages of the local papers. He was active in the Michigan Food Processors, serving as President of the Supplymen’s Association in 1979 and 1980.
He was a graduate of Purdue University and a member Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the Dowagiac Elks Club #889, where he instructed Junior Golf for several years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cynthia; his son, James (Vicki) H. Wardlaw, of Pullman; daughter, Melissa (Edward) Harmening, of Chicago; daughter, Rebecca(Michael) Boyer, of Wilmette; grandchildren, Christopher Wardlaw, Zachary Wardlaw, Sarah Harmening, Madeline Harmening, Michael Boyer and Matthew Boyer; brother, John (Janet ) C. Wardlaw, Jr.; nephew, John C. Wardlaw, of Spencer, Ind.; niece, Lynne Wardlaw, of Sunapee, N Hampshire.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Yazel-Clark Chapel, Starks Family Funeral Home, Dowagiac, with remembrances at 6:30 p.m. A funeral will be held in Indianapolis on 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Crown Hill Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the food pantry at First Christian Church, Dowagiac. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Jim at www.yazel-clark.com.