Burns Harbor resident James C. Vokorokos passed away on Tuesday, August 24,
2010 at home surrounded by family. He was 89.
He is survived by his children Harriet Wisdom (husband Jerry), Diane
Vokorokos-Hall (Jim), Dan Vokorokos (wife Nancy) and Scott Carpenter;
grandchildren Diane, Soni, Dani, Daniel, Bill, Jesse, Nicole, Angela, Scott,
Danny, Spencer, Tessa and Miracle; great-grandchildren Tony, Brianna, Mya,
Benea, Scott, Ryan, Ray, Jacob, Demtri, Alex, Bayley, Vanessa, Skylar and
Ruby; sister Marie Schroeder; and former wife Shirley Karpenter.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Tina; great-granddaughter
Nikita; and loving pet Shadwo.
Born on Feb. 28, 1921 in Indianapolis, he graduated from Emerson High School
in 1938, where he participated in the National Honor Society. Next, he
graduated from the Valparaiso Institute of Technology before joining the
Indiana State Police in 1941. James enlisted in the Army and served during
WWII. He was one of the first servicemen to learn about radar, attending
classes at MIT, and then was sent to the Pacific front. After the war James
returned to the State Police where he worked at the Dunes Post until his
retirement in 1976. During his retirement he had many hobbies and was a
life-long learner. He was an avid photographer and a ham radio operator. At
the age of 70, he applied to MENSA and was accepted. The computer was one of
his favorite activities in the last 10 years.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27 at 7 p.m. at the Edmonds
& Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Visitation will be on Friday
from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will be in Heritage Crematory, Portage.