O’Laughlin, age 83, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away due to complications of
cancer on Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Valparaiso, IN.
James was born in
Frankfort, IN, on April 15, 1935, to Bernard and Mildred O’Laughlin who
preceded him in death.
On April 8, 1961,
he married Shirley Ann Echterling, at St. Liborius Church in Steger, IL, who
survives of Valparaiso, IN.
He is also survived
by his daughter, Kellie (Manuel) Mallas and her children, Lauren Mallas (Ed
Werner), Rachel who is expecting (Jason) VanDyke and Maureen Mallas;
daughter Colleen (Jeff) Sterling and her children, Natalie (Elliott) Lloyd,
Mary Kate, Lindsay and Emily Sterling; son Kevin (Tracy) O’Laughlin and his
children, Ryan (Kayla) O’Laughlin and their child, Raylen, and son Conor
O’Laughlin; son, Dan (Michelle) O’Laughlin and his children, Calea and
Carter O’Laughlin; son, Tom (Valerie) O’Laughlin and his children, Erin,
Kate, Tim, and Dan and his sister, Lee Ann Strain, and multiple nieces and
James served in the
United States Army from 1957-1959. He was a semi-pro bull rider and he also
worked for the E. J. & E. Railroad and Gallagher Asphalt for 30 years. James
was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a marriage class
facilitator. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and he also
enjoyed wood working and auto mechanics.
will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Patrick
Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton, IN, 46304, with Father Jon
Plavcan and Father Nate Edquist officiating. Burial will follow at Calumet
Visitation will be
held on Friday, July 6, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304.
may be made to The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of
Northwestern University, c/o Northwestern University Feinberg School of
Medicine, Development & Alumni Relations, 420 E. Superior St., Arthur J.
Rubloff Building, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60611.
may be made to www.ee-fh.com