James Harold Case passed away January 29 at his home in Miami. He was born to William Carl Case & Elizabeth Scott Case in Philipsburg, Missouri on August 22, 1918. He became an Eagle Scout and graduated from high school in Portales, New Mexico.† After Pearl Harbor he left the University of Missouri in Columbia to become a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the military he lived and worked in Texas and Illinois before settling in California working for B. F. Goodrich. He relocated with B. F. Goodrich to Miami in 1975 and retired in 1983. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Knights of the Round Table.
He was a member of The Greatest Generation. On July 4, 1942 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he graduated from bombardier school and was married to Lois R. Gary. He then fought in the South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Metal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Silver Star.
Following the war, he continued in the family canning business in Texas and New Mexico then moved to California where he and Lois raised their three sons and where he worked for B.F.Goodrich for 24 years before being transferred to Miami.
He was preceded in death by his infant son Walter Gary Case, his parents and his brother Walter Neil Case.†††
He is survived by Lois, his wife of 66 years; three sons, Dr. James Harold Case, Jr. and wife Erica of Anchorage, Alaska, Robert Neil Case and wife Marie of Covina, California, and Richard Dean Case and wife Gail of Flagstaff, Arizona.† Other survivors include sister Vivian Wilhite and husband James of Ligonier, Pennsylvania; brother William Robert Case and brother Walterís wife Bess Case both of Roswell, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, Cynthia Bower (Case), Christopher Case, Michael Case, Carl Case, Jessica Case, Samantha Case, Allison Case, Nicholas Case and Lauren Case; and great grandson David Case.
The family will receive friends 6 to 7 pm Wednesday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami. Services will be at 10:30 am Thursday February 5, 2009 in First United Methodist Church of Miami, Oklahoma. An interment service will be held in Portales, New Mexico on Saturday February 7, 2009.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Miami or any charitable organization of the donorís choice.
Arrangements are by Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.