OBITUARY

James Jim C. Wilgus

July 10, 1943September 8, 2013

James C. Wilgus (1943-2013)

James Casper “Jim” Wilgus, 70, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, where he was a resident for over 20 years. Born July 10, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was the son of Merle Casper and Regina Katherine (Claise) Wilgus. He was raised in Tell City, Indiana from 1944-1952, Shelbyville, Indiana from 1952-1956 and Indianapolis through his graduation from Scecina Catholic High School in Indianapolis in 1961. He attended Marian College in Indianapolis and then embarked on a 15-year career with Prudential Life Insurance Corporation, with posts both in Indianapolis and Kokomo. He continued to pursue various endeavors in the insurance industry in Indiana and eventually in Florida, where he was led to Orlando in 1978, and ultimately to Southwest Florida in 1992. Surviving are his mother, Regina K. Wilgus of Indianapolis; his wife of 49 years, Terry McDonnell Wilgus of Port Charlotte, Florida; sons James S. Wilgus of Merrillville, Indiana and Jeffrey J. Wilgus of Leesburg, Georgia daughter Maria W. Greenberg of Port Charlotte, Florida; sisters Kathy J. Clark of Lawton, Oklahoma and Beth Ann Kornegay of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren: Erin, Bryan, Lisa and Matthew Greenberg in Florida; and Bradley, Logan and Phillip Wilgus in Washington State; and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Merle Wilgus in 1997, and a nephew, Daniel Wilgus Clark in March 2013. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 13 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary at 1307 N. Shadeland Ave. in Indianapolis. Visitation will continue on Saturday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary, with prayers held at 11:30 a.m. preceding a motorcade procession to the church. A funeral mass will follow at 12:00 p.m. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church at 4052 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis; entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Scecina Memorial High School at www.scecina.org, or to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Morning Prayers Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2013
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James Jim C. Wilgus

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Terry Wilgus

October 4, 2013

thanks to all who signed the guestbook ...we appreciate your kind thoughts and memories ....keep the family in your prayers

Katie & Steve Wright

September 14, 2013

Our hearts are truly saddened with yours,and we, too, grieve Jim's loss. It only seems like yesterday when we all journeyed the halls of Scecina together. Those memories are forever etched in our minds even after all these years. The "special" bond created at Scecina will always keep us "family".
Our love, big hugs, and prayers, Terry, to you and your family.

American Heart Association

September 14, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

John Schneider

September 13, 2013

Jim's been a friend since 8th grade. Many fond memories including sports, fishing and just hanging out. I'll miss him. My sympathies to his family.

Maribeth Ransel

September 13, 2013

It is hard to believe that more than 50 years have passed since we met Jim in the hallways of Scecina. He always had a kind word, a big smile, and a respectful attitude toward his classmates. He will be missed by our Scecina '61 family. I wish his family peace and comfort.

Maribeth Taylor Ransel

September 12, 2013

Jim was a friend of mine from grade school days. We shared many good times .My sympathies are extended to his family . Jim's death serves as a reminder of the brevity of our time on this earth and the need to live every
day to its fullest .
Gregg Dwyer

Lisa Herzog

September 12, 2013

Jim was a colleague of mine in the past. He was a good friend and a great man. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Lisa Herzog

September 12, 2013

Kathy I am so sorry to hear this, I will keep you and your family in my
prayers during this difficult time. God bless all of you.
Kathy Wyler-Wood.

Joseph Riedman

September 11, 2013

To all the family of James Wilgus: I had Jim as a student at Scecina High School and thought very highly of him. I extend my prayers, thoughts, and concerns to all of you. May Jim rest in peace. Msgr, Joseph Riedman

Carol Wyler-Robinson

September 11, 2013

My prayers to the Wilgus family, a family I grew up with back in the old neighborhood. May you be lifted by God's love and peace. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.