James Niven

Obituary of James Patrick Niven

James Niven, 64, of Niles passed away at home, surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born to the late Albert O. and Beverly Jean (Danford) Niven on September 20, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana After graduating from high school, James enlisted and served with the United States Marine Corp. On July 5, 2014 he married Mary A. VanParys at a ceremony in Niles. Jim lived his life to the fullest. He will be remembered for having the biggest heart and most gentle soul to walk on the earth. Jim had many hobbies: gardening, fishing, camping, being outdoors and his animals. He loved his wife and family more than anything. Jim was one of a kind and taught many how to love one another. James is preceded by his parents; his former wife, Judy Niven and a sister, Liz Ann Carbon of Tampa, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Mary Niven of Niles, his daughter, Sue (Charles) Stallings of Jacksonville, North Carolina; Two grandchildren, Mike and Josh Stallings and his siblings, David Niven of Niles, Barbara (James) Bibler of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Terry (Janet) Niven of Buchanan and Scott (Krislyn) Carbon of Mishawaka as well as many nieces and nephews. In keeping with James’ wishes cremation has taken place and his family will be remembering him privately. James lived by this quote that hung in his home; “Self-respect is the price a man puts on his time. Pride is the Price a man puts on his product, either way a man has his price.
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