James D. Nafe

Born: Fri., Mar. 25, 1927
Died: Tue., Mar. 21, 2017


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 James D. Nafe

March 25, 1927 - March 21, 2017

GRANGER - Former South Bend resident, James D. Nafe, 89, of Granger, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21st, in his residence surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born March 25, 1927, in Michigan City, IN, to the late Bernice L. (Bloomquist) and Lee I. Nafe, and had lived in the area since 1951. On September 3, 1949, in South Bend, he married Joan (Haug) Nafe, his wife of 67 years, who survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Christine L. Jones of Vicksburg, MI; three sons, James D. Nafe, Jr., of South Bend, Scott Nafe of North Wilkesboro, NC, and Randall Nafe of Granger; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Lee Nafe, Jr. and twins, Bob and Dick Nafe.

Jim was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital apprentice and assisted in the management of a pharmacy for the Navy and Marines in Tsientsin, China. Jim was a 1951 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, IN, and was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. He was admitted to practice before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court in 1957. He retired in 2011 after 60 years of practice. He was Past President of the St. Joseph County Legal Aid Society, a Past Director of Goodwill Industries and served as general counsel for the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation for 26 years.

A private family gathering will be held. The Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions in Jim's name may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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Angie Kukla
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
Randy & Chris & Family. I'm sorry to read of your Dad's passing. Thinking of you. Angie Kukla

Dennis Brennan
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Jim and my Dad were good friends and he became a mentor to me as a young lawyer. He will be missed.

Sandy Fye Benning
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God sustain you during this difficult time.

Jerry & Frances Jones
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
So sorry about your family's loss. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you.

Kim Young Paholski
   Posted Sun March 26, 2017
Dear Randy,Chris and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Praying you all will find contentment in the many memories you all have shared with your father. God Bless Kim Young Paholski

Jim & Michele Reinking
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Dear Chris, Jim, Scott and Randell,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Father. We know that even though you have a loss, you still have some great memories. We hope those memories will give you comfort.

We will be praying for you.


Mr. & Mrs. H. Theodore Noell
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Jim. As a young neophyte attorney, I found Jim to be one of the primary influences in helping to shape, equip, and prepare me for a lifelong legal career. He was a great man and and a great friend who shall be sorely missed.
Ted & Annette

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