James S. Cahal, 71, formerly of Rockbridge and St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.
He was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Lansing, Mich., to Sherman T. and Vera (Robinson) Cahal and they preceded him in death. He was raised from the age of 9 in the home of Robert and Esther Steele of Rockbridge, and they also preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sisters, Caroline (William) Kirkendall of St. Clair, Mich., and Sandra (Frank) Grubb of rural Winchester; his extended family, Mike (Patty) Adams of Jacksonville, Bonnie (Mike) Cole of Palmyra, and Jim Weger of Chapin; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by JoAnn Weger, part of his extended family.
Jim was a decorated member of the United States Navy for 30 years. He served three tours during the Vietnam War on the USS Rupertus, USS O'Bannon, and USS Moosburger. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart along with numerous others awards. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 30 years in St. Joseph, Mo., where he had many close friends, was an avid golfer and member of the USGA. He was a history buff and enjoyed researching history about General Custer. He attended Greenfield High School and was a proud member of the undefeated, IVC conference champs in 1960.
Visitation will be held after 9 a.m. Saturday at the Shields-Bishop Funeral Home in Greenfield where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Witt Cemetery near Rockbridge with full military honors provided under the direction of Legion Fitzsimmons Post 225. Memorials are suggested to the Witt Cemetery.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 28, 2014