Bruce James, 65 of Portage, IN, passed away Friday, October 6, 2023. He was born January 12, 1958, in Hartford, KY to Joe and Shirley (Moore) James. Bruce graduated from Portage High School in 1976. He began his career with Able Disposal in Chesterton as a Diesel Mechanic and retired as a General Manager. Bruce enjoyed fishing, going to the shooting range, and supporting his grandchildren at their sporting events. Bruce always put his family first, and was there for his kids whenever they needed a hand with a home project or mechanical issue. He will be remembered for the wisdom he imparted to others, and his strong-willed personality. Bruce was a loving and devoted husband, father, and “Papa”, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
On November 10, 1979, Bruce married Kathy Vandevelde, who survives, along with their children: John (Kara) James of Valparaiso, Jason James of Portage, and Jessica (Adam) James-Shively of Portage; daughter-in-law, Jennifer James; grandchildren: Logan, Evan, Landon, Hunter, Lexie, Lillian, and Jackson; great-granddaughter, Lydia; and brothers: Jerry James and Brian James. He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson, Liam.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a funeral service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Angelcrest Cemetery.


I’m gonna miss my “foul ball” buddy! Love and prayers! -Marcie 

You could not have picked a better picture... look how happy he looks. There is something about your babies babies. You can see they shared a special bond. I am terribly sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a good man and you can see the love for his family in his smile. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in knowing he was loved. -MaryBeth McKenna-Nelson 

-Frank Clark

So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. You picked the perfect photo of him surrounded by his kiddos. -Stephanie Parvin 

Sorry to hear the loss of your father Jessica. God bless you all. -Greg Hajduk 

Sending prayers to you & your family. -Crystal Estep 

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to you and your family. -Beverly Malone 

So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Bruce for years at Able, He was a good man and a hard worker. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers. -Kathy Tabor

Kathy sorry to hear about Bruce. -Vickey Kara (Bailey) 

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