James R. “Jim” “Mac” McDermott, 1941-2020

James R. “Jim” “Mac” McDermott, 78, of Lafayette, Ind. and formerly of LaPorte, Ind., died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at home Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, with his family by his side.

He was born Sept. 28, 1941 in LaPorte to Raymond and Mabel (Voss) McDermott. He was a 1960 graduate of La Porte High School and attended Purdue North Central. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 until 1964. He was employed at NIPSCO as an electrician before his retirement. Jim enjoyed traveling and studying history.

He moved to Lafayette in June of 2019 to live with his daughter and her family. During his time in Lafayette he made many friends at the North Side Senior Center. Jim was known for his sense of humor and his ability to make others smile. He was member of American Legion Post 83 in LaPorte, and American Legion Post 11 in Lafayette.

Survivors include son, Patrick McDermott of Florida; daughter, Shawn E. Gillen (Michael) of Lafayette; step-son, Bob Payne (Sky) of LaPorte; sister-in-law, Ann McDermott of LaPorte; and grandchildren, Stephanie Odell, Maryanne Gillen, Fiona Gillen, Philomena Gillen, Abigail Gillen, Sidney Payne and Makenna Payne.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Marilyn Bennet and Carol Waldo, and brothers, Bill and Bob McDermott.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette with Deacon Ed Boes officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lafayette with American Legion graveside rites. Due to Covid -19 restrictions, attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation of time or money to Meals on Wheels of Greater Lafayette, 2000 Elmwood Ave., Lafayette, Ind. 47904 or to Area IV Agency on Aging, 660 N. 36th St., Lafayette, Ind. 47905.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com.

9 Responses to “James R. “Jim” “Mac” McDermott, 1941-2020”

  1. Maria Dudiak

    Aug 12. 2020

    My condolences to Jim’s family. I have fond memories of your dad on Pine Lake with his boat.

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  2. Dave Jablonski

    Aug 13. 2020

    RIP Jim! Catch up to you down the road!

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    • brthor@comcast.net

      Aug 16. 2020

      Shawn and Pat. So sorry to hear about your dad. Our families had good times years ago. Will always remember the good times and he will be missed. Prayers are with all of you. Jan Thornburg

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  3. Sandra Woods Duncan

    Aug 22. 2020

    Shawn and Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! I haven’t seen Jim since we were little! We spent a lot of time together after his sister Carol married my brother Waldo Woods! We were a blended family! He was always doing something to make us laugh! Thoughts prayers for all your family! 🎉💜 Sandy Duncan

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  4. Michael J. Taggart

    Sep 10. 2020

    Jim and I were neighbors when I lived on Holton Road. I am sorry to hear of his passing, and wish him God’s blessings as he begins his new life in Heaven.

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