Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


James Andrew Durkin

June 17, 1932December 25, 2019

James Andrew Durkin passed away peacefully on Christmas, going home to celebrate with his beloved wife, Peggy, who preceded him in death in 2015. Jim was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1932 and was married to Margaret Mary (Peggy) Quish in Chicago in 1959. He was a devoted Catholic and proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, achieving "Double Domer" status by graduating with an accounting degree in 1954 and with a law degree in 1959. In between degrees, he served in the U.S. Army. One of his first jobs as a young lawyer was with the U.S. Department of Justice under Robert Kennedy, where he served on the team prosecuting Jimmy Hoffa and was deputized in Mississippi to help desegregate the schools. He spent 32 years with the legal staff of General Motors, retiring as Assistant General Counsel in 1997. During his retirement years, he helped his wife, Peggy, to build an antique business and vacationed in L'Arbre Croche in Petoskey, Michigan, and in Long Boat Key, Florida. Jim is survived by son Thomas (Laura) Durkin; daughter Erin Durkin; and daughter Carey (Patrick) Treado; brother Jack (Joan) Durkin; grandchildren Kelsy, Jackson, and Conor Durkin; Katherine, James, and Josie Dudzinsky; Grace and Jack Treado. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Didier. Everyone who knew Jim will miss his cheery disposition and quiet sense of humor. A funeral mass will be held at Jim's former parish of St. Paul's on the Lake in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on Friday, January 3, at 12:00pm, with a reception to follow. There will not be a visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame. Please direct your gift to Financial Aid in memory of James A. Durkin (Class of 1954). Gifts may be made online at giving.nd.edu and by phone at (574) 631-5150. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.muehligannarbor.com for the Durkin family.


  • Tom Durkin (Laura), Son
  • Erin Durkin, Daughter
  • Carey Treado (Patrick), Daughter
  • Kelsy, Jackson, and Conor Durkin; Katherine, James, and Josie Dudzinsky; Grace and Jack Treado, Grandchildren
  • Jack Durkin (Joan), Brother
  • Margaret Mary Durkin (nee' Quish), Wife (deceased)
  • Mary Didier, Sister (deceased)


  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 3, 2020


James Andrew Durkin

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Debra Melican

January 2, 2020

Dear Tom, Erin & Carey - My deepest sympathy on the recent passing of your father. He had an amazing and interesting career, but I didn't really know him professionally but rather as a friend. Despite the sadness, reading the obitiuary brought back fond memories of both your mom and dad. I enjoyed getting to know them over the years as your dad was in our wedding party and both your parents were godparents to my Megan. They were especially welcoming and fun when we all ended up living in Ann Arbor in the early 2000's. I loved our monthly lunches out where the person paying chose the restaurant, and we rotated who got to choose. I can still picture us at Paesano's and the Common Grill. We would talk politics, religion, and current affairs with passion and humor. In fact, I think of both of your parents as delightfully funny. Your parents also shared L'Arbre Croche with me for a weekend get-away. When I finally defended my PhD, your dad attended. He was always interested and curious about my research and even took part in an experiment I was running. I am glad that I knew him and appreciated his and your mom's support. Wishing you and your families all the best, with deepest sympathy, Debbie Melican