He was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Clay County, the son of Andrew and Elsie Philabaum Mager.
He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967.
On Dec. 15, 1966, he married Gayla Sue Bennett Mager. He was a member of the Rock Run Church. Jim worked for J.I. Case/International Harvester for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He and Gayla had to relocate to Moline, Ill., in 1990 for nine years before retiring and returning home to Clay County in 1999. He was currently working part-time as a security guard for Secuitas.
He enjoyed watching old western movies and riding around the neighborhood on his Kawasaki "Mule." His best-loved job was being husband, Dad and Grandpa.
Survivors include his wife, Gayla Mager, son, James M. Mager, II and wife Cheryl, Carbon, daughter Karen Lynn Mager and fiancÚ Travis Kiesel, Moline, Ill., three granddaughters Caitlyn Mager, MaKencie Mager and Marlie` Mager, eight brothers and sisters, George Mager, Shirley Chapman and husband David, Robert Mager and wife Cindy, Ruthann Purcell and husband Jerry, Perry Mager and wife Myrna, Larry Mager and wife Harriet, Richard Mager and wife Vicki, Leonard Mager and wife Elaine, brother-in-law, Charles Bennett, sisters-in-law, Margaret Bentley and husband George and Mary Ann Shannon and husband James, brother-in-law Ralph Bennett and wife Connie, many nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Mager and one brother in infancy, father-in-law, Ralph Bennett, mother-in-law and step-father-in-law, Beulah and Joseph Vorek.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with his brother Pastor Perry Mager officiating. Burial will follow at Mager Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5-9 p.m., and again Wednesday prior to services.
The family encourages friends to make memorial contributions to the Carbon Baptist Church Food Pantry in Jim's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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