grandfather, teacher, brother, and friend, James C. Douglas, 78, of
Valparaiso, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017, at his home.
He was born October
19, 1939, in Gary, the son of Edgar C. and Florence G. (Welch) Douglas.
Jim retired in 2007
after 45 years of teaching at Portage Township Schools and Indiana
University. Never at a loss for a story or sharing a fact, his passion for
learning and helping others were the core of his character.
He was preceded in
death by his wife of 47 years on July 24, 2009, Elizabeth A. Douglas (Messman).
He is survived by
his two daughters, Lisa (Bob) Filipek and Michelle (Jeff) Kerr; four
grandchildren, Sara, Doug, Alexandra, and William; brother, Bill (Judy)
Douglas of San Antonio, FL; brother-in-law Bob (Diana) Messman of New Haven,
IN; nephew Jason Messman and niece Lynnette Hill.
Visitation was held
on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 8-10 a.m., at Bartholomew Funeral Home,
102 Monroe Street, Valparaiso.
Private grave site
services took place at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.
may be made to a charity of choice in his name.
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for Jim, please visit