James 'Jim' McGuire

Jul 20, 2017 From staff reports

James "Jim" McGuire of Dubois died Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. He was 91 years old.

The celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at the New Creation Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at the Dubois Cemetery with full military honors.

James Russell McGuire was born July 13, 1926, in Cheyenne, to Aaron and Helena (Kasicki) McGuire. He grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan, with his sister, Jean, and his brother, Jack. He graduated from Big Rapids High School with the class of 1944. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving two years before being honorably discharged. He returned to Michigan and attended Michigan State University earning his bachelor's degree in education in 1950. He later went on to earn his master's degree and finally a doctorate of education.

In 1950 he married Mary Westover in Big Rapids, Michigan. They had five children: Eunice, Ruth, Rebecca, Rachel and Timothy. They later divorced.

On Jan. 1, 1983, he married Lorine LaCour Van Dane in Chicago. From this he gained three step-sons: Charles, Timothy and Richard. In 1985 the couple moved to Dubois and made it their forever home.

His first teaching job was in 1950 at the high school in Farwell, Michigan, as the agriculture teacher. That was just the start to a 32-year career in education. He held his first administrative position as a principal in 1964. A year later he became the superintendent of the school district. The last position he held was as intermediate superintendent of Mason counties and all of their schools. He retired in 1982 but not before earning many awards, including Outstanding Award in Education from the Bay City Times Newspaper in 1978 and Special Allocates from the Michigan Department. He was the main person instrumental in building the first special needs school in Mason County Michigan.

He was a member of the Gideon's 1962-1982 and was a life time member of the Lions Club. He received the Mervin Jones Fellowship Award from the Lions in 2017.

His passion was fishing and hunting, and he loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. His family said that he never passed up a hitchhiker - even at their urging not to for safety reasons - but he was never hurt. They said that he was extremely generous and was always helping others.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lorine McGuire; daughters Eunice (Lee) Coin, Ruth (Gordon) Smith, Rebecca McGuire and Rachel (Ron) Stoltenberg; son, Timothy (April) McGuire: step-sons Charles (Marie) Von Dane, Timothy (Chris) Von Dane and Richard Von Dane; sister, Jean Prochaska; and 10 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arron and Helena McGuire; and brother, Jack McGuire.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home (

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