James Lewis McCaw
1949 - 2019
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James Lewis McCaw 1949—2019
James Lewis McCaw, 70, of Rockford died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born on February 24, 1949 in Rockford; son of Lewis and Dorothy (McCray) McCaw. Jim spent most of his childhood and youth in Southern California. Graduated from Charter Oaks High School in Charter Oak, CA. Married Diane Conkling in 1969, she predeceased him on November 10, 1982. He then married Ruth Auchstetter Niemeier in 1983. Jim worked for American Family Agency for 35 years, until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of the Vulcan Riders Owners Club (motorcycle group) and Delphi Kawasaki Borderline Cruisers. Jim served on boards throughout the years for Northern Illinois Hospice Association and Montessori Learning Center. He also served as a security manager for On The Waterfront for many years. He was an avid fan of Donald Duck hence the nickname "Duck". Jim was a father figure and mentor to many bonus children and never met a person that walked away a stranger.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ruth; sons, Bradley L. McCaw of Rockford, Brett R. (Nelia) McCaw of Carnegie, PA; daughter, Dawn M. McCaw (David Stickels) of Chino Valley, AZ; daughter-in-law, April Lowther; grandchildren, Jaykob, Jameson and Jayce Stickels, Gianna McCaw, Joseph and Anna-Theresa McCaw; brothers, Jerry (Sandy) McCaw and Kurt (Cindy) McCaw, both of AZ; brothers-in-law, Robert and Paul Conkling; sister-in-law, Jan (Tom) Bukowksi; nieces and nephews and many great and loving friends. Predeceased by his parents; baby sister, Diane Elaine; wife, Diane; mother-in-law, Helen Conkling; parents-in-law, Bob and Doris Auchstetter.
Memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 3910 N. Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103 with Reverend William R. Wentink officiating. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, for a memorial to be established at a later date. To express condolences online, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com

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Published in Rockford Register Star from May 30 to Jun. 1, 2019.
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June 21, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss I just received word of the passing of your husband and my friend my sincerest sympathies to you I shall at least enjoy the Jerry Vale records that you and he found for me. Your friend Jim Farone
james farone
June 3, 2019

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing.

Kathy Michaelson
June 1, 2019
Sympathy and prayers to all. Jim was a great guy and good friend who will be missed by many. In Christian love,
Bill (Preacher) & Kris Caughey
May 31, 2019
I am so sorry for yor loss. Never heard a bad word from Jim about anybody. A sense of humor unique to Jim. Jim talked about family. He never complained about the perils of aging. He was loving and honest. We are missing a good friend.
Les Reid
May 30, 2019
Dear Ruth, Brad, Dawn, & Brett,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my talks and visits with Jim and all the memory sharing that
we had the fortune of experiencing together.
Larry Lang
Larry Lang
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