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James Robert Cather

James Robert Cather died peacefully at home Aug. 29, 2016. Jim was born July 23, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ruth Leola Jones and Eddie Vaughn Cather.  Jim served in both the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army and attended the U.S. Naval Academy.  Jim completed an Electrical Engineering degree in 1958 at the University of Oklahoma.

Jim lived in Arlington, Texas from 1963 to 2003 where he was employed by LTV, retiring in 1990 after 26 years of employment. During that time, he developed equipment for the Apollo service module which was used for trips to the moon.  He also helped design the first DFW airport people mover. Jim married Willa Beth Stewart in Norman, OK in 1956. She preceded him in death in 1997. He married Lilly Hamlet Crane in 2004. She survives in Carbondale.

Jim is also survived by his son Bryan of St. Louis, Stepsons Jim (Donna) Crane of Makanda, Mike (Audrey) Crane of Houston and step- grandson Brady (Stephanie) Crane and step great grand-daughter Hensley.  Jim was a world traveler, having visited six continents. He also enjoyed playing bridge and square dancing.

He was a proud member of Mensa. Jim was a card carrying member of the Cherokee Nation and was included on the official “rolls.”

A memorial service will be at 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.

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