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James S. Taylor

Born: Tue., Jun. 25, 1946
Died: Sat., Aug. 21, 2021

Celebration of Life

Fri., Aug. 27, 2021
Location: Hanley & Sons Funeral Home "Southwest Chapel"


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 27, 2021
Location: Hanley & Sons Funeral Home "Southwest Chapel"

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  James S. Taylor, 75, of South Bend passed away at the Center for Hospice Care on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

  Jim was born June 25, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age 3, his family moved to South Bend. Jim graduated from the Old Washington Clay High School in 1964. He served his country in the Army National Guard.

  In 1967, Jim met Pat on a blind date and they married February 22, 1969. He had married the love of his life, and always said, “if Pat’s happy, I’m happy.” They later had two of the most wonderful children a parent could ask for.

 Jim worked for NIPSCO for 38 years, retiring from the Natural Gas Storage Facility in 2005.

  In 2000, Jim and Pat built the house of their dreams (designed by Pat). And from the moment they moved in a strong friendship developed with what would become his brother/friend, Luther.

  Jim was a NASCAR fan and started taking Nancy and Jim to races in Michigan at the ages of 8 and 6, and continuing for many years. He and Nancy traveled the country from one end to the other and back again seeing races. The last one being this past July. They were truly best father/daughter buddies. He also loved going on bus trips to see the Cubs with his brother Tim, the last trip included their sons.

  Jim was very proud of his son’s 22 years serving with the South Bend Police Department, knowing he continues to serve with the Pokegon Band Tribal Police.

  Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 52 years, Pat, their children, Nancy Twesme of New Carlisle and Jim (Megan) Taylor both of New Carlisle. He was the proud grandfather of 3, Ash Twesme, Gavin Taylor and Riley Sites. He is also survived by his siblings, Dixie (Tony) Humphrey of Prescot, AZ, Tim (Deb) Taylor of South Bend, and Beth (Larry) Kline also of South Bend, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Elizabeth Taylor, brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Shelly Taylor, his in-laws, William and Mary Kierein, sister-in-law, Joan Eash and son-in-law, Jeff Twesme.

  Jim loved his children and grandchildren more than life itself and will be forever missed.

  It was Jim’s wish to donate his remains to IU School of Medicine Education Program of Indianapolis.

  A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 27th from 5:00 until 7:00pm in the Hanley and Sons Funeral Home, 23421 State Rd. 23, South Bend.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s name to the Center for Hospice Care Comfort Place online at http://foundationfor hospice.org/donate/535, of by mail 535 Comfort Place, Mishawaka

  The entire Hanley family wishes to express their deepest heartfelt condolences to all of Jim’s family.

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Judy Myer
   Posted Tue August 24, 2021
Pat, I am so sorry for the loss you and your family have suffered This is a most difficult time for all of you. I will never forget Jim's laugh. Our thoughts are with you.

Bob Decola
   Posted Tue August 24, 2021
I had the opportunity to volunteer with Jim at St . Jude’s church and school several years ago. He was such a pleasant man and always enjoyed his company. My wife Bonnie and I express our condolences to the family. May God rest him well. You will be in our prayers.

Ryan Modos
   Posted Wed August 25, 2021
Hi Pat, Jim, Nancy; Dad messaged us Saturday afternoon of Jim's passing, and we've been keeping him in our thoughts throughout learning of his diagnosis. While we are saddened of his absence, we are heartened by his gregarious and positive energy he exuded all his life. Jim exemplified "happy warrior" in all he did, and is an example for those of us he left behind. It was an honor to know him and be a part of his life. I cannot be there in person, I am wrapping up an assignment in Northern Alabama, but will be home soon. In the coming weeks, months and years, please reach out for anything, as you've been there for Jack and Kathy and my parents whenever the need arose. In love and admiration.

Ryan Modos

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