James A. Thayer / 1926-2009

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, August 18, 2009

James A. Thayer

James A. Thayer

James A. Thayer, 83, of North Saint Joseph Avenue, Niles, died at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Niles, with the Rev. James Slack of the church officiating.

There will be no visitation.

He was born on June 29, 1926, in Niles, to Paul Thayer and Irma Richter Thayer.
He graduated from Niles High School in 1944 and attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

He owned and operated the former Thayer’s Jewelers in Niles.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Niles.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy.

He was also a member of B.P.O. of the Niles Elks Lodge No. 1322 and Saint Joseph Valley Lodge No. 4, F &A.M. in Niles.

On Nov. 9, 1949, in Niles, he first married Mary Alyce (Radka) Thayer, who died on Dec. 15, 1992.

He later married, on April 8, 2000, in Niles, Eleanor (Dickey) Thayer, who survives.
Additional surviving family includes a son, Joseph D. Thayer of Niles; step-sons, Lawrence Domnoske of Niles and Dean Domnoske of Kingsley; a step-daughter, Lisa Rauch of Benton City, Wash.; granddaughters, Kimberly an Audrey; a great-grandson and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley McKeen.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church or B.O.P. of Niles Elks Lodge No. 1322.

Arrangements were by Halbritter Funeral Home, Niles.