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Jim McDougall - March 12, 2009


Jim McDougall was born in Wheeling, Ill., on April 18, 1921. Jim’s father was Lenard Franklin McDougall and his mother was Alma Homer.
Jim grew up on the family farm in Illinois and also in Arlington Heights, Ill. There were the childhood years and adolescent years. Jim was the first in the family to graduate from high school. Immediately upon graduation he joined the Navy.
In early work years he was a golf course caddy, walked race horses and set pins in a bowling alley. He did caddy for professional golfers.
After the Navy years and his service in World War II, Jim went to work for Sun Electric in Illinois. There was the move to Denver and Jim worked for National Jewish Hospital until he retired.
Jim and Bertha Bell Silvester were married on Dec. 7, 1945 in Seattle, Wash. and had been married for 63 happy and meaningful years. There were three children in this marriage, Virginal Lee, Jo Ann and Thomas James.
Jim and Bertha were blessed with eight grandchildren, two deceased grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Jim played golf across the years and liked all sports. He enjoyed watching his children and grandkids play sports. He was a good person with gardening and lawn care and made hooked rugs.
One can say World War II vet in a few words, Jim served his country well and was a patriot. Jim and Bertha were charter members of the church and very active members. They also served together for years supporting the Community Ministry Foodbank.
Jim loved others, especially children. He had a well-honed and vibrant sense of humor, never knew a stranger and always looked for the good in everyone. Jim was an all-round gentleman.
Area survivors include Bill Silvester of Champion, Kim and Lois Silvester of Champion, Kent and Sandy Silvester of Imperial and Kaylene Silvester.
Funeral services were held in Denver, Colo. on Friday, March 6 with burial in Ft. Logan, Colo.