McEvoy, James Robert



On November 5, 2017, James Robert McEvoy lost a courageous battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia. Jim was born on June 3, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., to Morris James (Jim) McEvoy and Mary Virginia (Marie) Hayes.


He graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a degree in political science through the ROTC program. He was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant and stationed in Quantico, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Okinawa, Vietnam; and Philadelphia, Penn. He retired as a Marine Corps Captain in July 1969 and began his career at IBM.  


Jim coached many of his children in youth T-ball, baseball, soccer and basketball. He volunteered as a lay minister at St. Pius X Church and at Samaritan Bethany. He was a Mayo Hospice volunteer for many years. He also delivered Meals on Wheels and enjoyed meeting many interesting people on his routes.


He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Peggy; six children, Shannon (Bruce) Bechly, Winona, Minn., Michael, San Diego, Calif., Brian (Joanne), Fort Dodge, Iowa, Terri (Kelly Smith), Rapid City, S.D., James (Corinne), Boston, Mass., and Erin (Michael) Widman, Rochester, Minn.; and grandchildren, Tianna (Shane) Bagley, Chance and Trey Bechly, Jake, Casey, Delaney and Jack McEvoy, Jordan and Jared Smith, and Michael Jr. and Burke Widman. He is also survived by three brothers, Michael (Barb) and Larry (Donna) of St. Louis, Mo., and Thom of San Jose, Calif.; and many brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Martin; and in-laws.


To the family’s special friends, Heidi and Karen, the many caregivers at Samaritan Bethany and Seasons Hospice, visitors and helpers who offered prayers and rides, the family would like to extend a special thank you.


Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, Minn., with Deacon Tom DeRienzo officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #92.  


Jim has donated his body to Mayo Medical School. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo., at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors ( or Special Olympics (


Macken Funeral is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at

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