James E. McWilliams, 86, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.



He was born September 2, 1924 at Pittsburg, the son of Hugh and Frances (Marvin) McWilliams. He attended school and graduated from St. Mary’s High School.

James E. McWilliams, 86, of Pittsburg, KS, passed away at 3:45 a.m., Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

He was born September 2, 1924 at Pittsburg, the son of Hugh and Frances (Marvin) McWilliams. He attended school and graduated from St. Mary’s High School.

Mr. McWilliams was a seagoing Marine, serving in the United States Marine Corp during World War II.

On May 6, 1950, he was united in marriage to Mary Jean Bill at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg, KS.  She preceded him in death on May 27, 2011.
Mr. McWilliams worked as a maintenance electrician for Spencer Chemical for twenty four years. He then worked construction for several years, before returning to work at Gulf Chemical (formerly Spencer Chemical).

Membership was held in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Elks Lodge No. 412, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the American Legion Post No. 64.
He is survived by two sons, Mike McWilliams and his wife, Jolene of Mountain Home, AR, and Kevin McWilliams and his wife, Judy of Springfield, MO; one daughter, Melissa Rink and her husband, Dennis of Pittsburg, KS; five grandchildren, Camille Leonard, and her husband, Steven, Abby Wilhite, and her husband, Andy, Cole Rink and his wife, Kyra, Kim Hunt and her husband, Jered, and Mallory McWilliams and eleven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Jean, a grandson, Derek McWilliams, and three brothers, Bill McWilliams, Marvin McWilliams, and Paul McWilliams.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 22) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac, with Father Thomas Stroot as Celebrant.  Mr. McWilliams has been cremated and burial will follow the Mass in the Garden of Memories.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 P.M., Tuesday evening at the Brenner Chapel. 
Friends may call after 10 a.m., Monday, to sign the register book.  The family suggests memorials be given to Sunset Manor Activity Fund or Oakview Estates Activity Fund. 
These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.  Friends may also leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.