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James Falls

James W. Falls Jan. 21, 1933 - April 13, 2014 SOUTH BEND - James W. Falls of Waikoloa, HI, was called to be with the Lord from his Hawaiian home on Sunday, April 13, 2014, after a lengthy yet courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Ruth E. Best and late stepfather, James F. Best. He was born January 21, 1933, in Muncie, IN, and resided in the South Bend area for many years before retiring to the Big Island of Hawaii. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Diane Moore of South Bend, Indiana, and recently by his wife of 54 years, Sheila Falls of Waikoloa, HI, in September 2013. Throughout his life, Jim served his country and the State of Indiana with integrity and honor. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1951 and later joined the U.S. Army, serving with the 622 MP Company, I-Corp - Military Police unit overseas in Panmunjom, Uijongbu, and Pusan, Korea, during the Korean War. Jim then gave 26 years to the Indiana State Police, PE 646, retiring in June 1981 as the First Sgt. and Commander of the South Bend District 12 post. During his career, Jim was recognized numerous times for his dedication to law enforcement and public safety. In 1958 he was awarded the Indiana State Police Department's highest honor, the Gold Star Award for Valor, after facing gunfire while apprehending two escaped accused murderer-bank robbers. Jim was popular with Notre Dame Football fans for his traffic updates broadcast by Bob Lux over CBS affiliate WSBT radio from the Indiana State Police helicopter during numerous Notre Dame football seasons. Additionally he was recognized for his leadership and service as a professional law enforcement officer and for improving coordination, effectiveness and collaboration between area law enforcement agencies. Upon his retirement from the state police force, Jim served as an investigator with NIPSCO Security Services until 1997. He was a graduate of the Indiana State Police Academy at IU Bloomington and the FBI National Academy, United States Department of Justice. Jim was a member of the Pioneers of the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Troopers Alliance, American Legion Post 297, and the Notre Dame Alumni Club. He was a trustee of Epworth United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana, and the Waikoloa Community Church on the Island of Hawaii. Jim enjoyed watching all types of Notre Dame sports, swimming, basketball, bowling, golfing, traveling and camping. Jim also loved to play cards with his friends, but most of all, he enjoyed his family and in his later years, living in Hawaii with his wife Sheila. Jim was a true family man who is survived by his sister-in-law, Marlene Reinking of South Bend, IN; sons, Kevin (Cindy) of South Bend and James P. (Susan) of Brentwood, TN; and stepsons, Bruce (Shelley) Molnar of Huron, OH, David (Linda) Molnar of The Woodlands, TX, and Jeff Molnar (Kelly Blakely) of South Bend, IN. Jim adored his grandchildren, Amanda Falls of South Bend and Andrew, Alyssa, and Daniel Falls of Brentwood, TN, Adam Molnar of Colorado Springs, CO, and Amelia Molnar of Columbus, OH; nephews, nieces and cousins, Phillip (Jan) Berry of Wheaton, IL, and Jo Ann (Larry) Thomas of Muncie, IN. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery, Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at a date to be announced in South Bend, Indiana. Donations may be made to . Arrangements are being handled by Mr. Falls' immediate family members.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Apr. 27, 2014
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