James J. McClure Jr., 97, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, died on Dec. 17, 2017. Born on Sept. 23, 1920, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. An attorney, he served as president of the village of Oak Park from 1973 to 1981, during a critical period as the village transitioned into a more racially diverse community.
Mr. McClure was a longtime member of Oak Park Boy Scout Troop 16, first as a Scout himself, beginning in the early 1930s (earning his Eagle Scout badge before entering the Navy), then serving as Troop 16 Scoutmaster from 1950 to 1960. His sons and a grandson also became Eagle Scouts. He spoke at Troop 16’s 100th anniversary in 2016.
His philosophy of life was: “Love of God, love of family, awareness of both the uniqueness and the contribution of every other human being, a sense of the wholeness of life, with my religious faith, my profession of law, my family and my community service, each playing an important part and complementing each other.”
Jim McClure was the husband of the late Lynn (nee Phelps); the father of John P. “Jack” McClure, Julie (Fred) Giegler, and Donald S. (Ruth) McClure; the grandfather of Jamison (Cody) Cornett and Corey (Danae) McClure, Andrew (Katie) and Laura Giegler, and Christine and Margaret McClure; the great-grandfather of Evan Giegler; and the brother of the late John Baker McClure.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Elliott Chapel, Westminster Place, 3131 Simpson St., Evanston. A second memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, at First United Church, 848 Lake St., Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations to McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 are appreciated. Funeral info: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com.