James Healy Phalan, Jr., age 77 (Master Sargent, United States Air Force retired) joined his Heavenly Father on December 22, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born March 6, 1934 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and later joined the United States Air Force in 1952
Jim’s illustrious military career included assignments to Elmendorf Air Force Base Alaska, Eglin AFB Florida (where he met the love of his life and best friend – Alma Lorraine Follette of Boyne City, MI), Osan AFB Korea, Gunner AFB Alabama, Sheppard AFB Texas, NKP Royal Thai Air Base (supporting the Vietnam War), returning to Sheppard AFB where he would eventually retire. After 22 years of military service, Jim went into the food service business with Nickerson Farms (TX), Dairy Queen (TX) & Pizza Inn (LA), he then went into the automotive industry selling automobiles at Miller Terrell Buick in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He subsequently worked as a master electrician with the State of Louisiana for 5 years. Because of the economy, Jim sought employment as an electrician in Northern Virginia and the D.C. area. He worked for two different companies as an electrical contractor. He then had the privilege to teach electricity at Suitland High School, Maryland where he finally retired after 16 years of public school service. He considered teaching at Suitland as one of his most rewarding positions while working with youth to prepare them for employment in the electrical field. Many of his students returned to show their appreciation for his dedication to their success.
Jim and Alma retired to Walloon Lake, Michigan to be close to family in nearby communities. Upon his death, Jim is survived by his wife, their children; James Healy (III), Christine Lorraine, Joseph David, Jeffrey Mark, John Andrew and Jerrell Douglas. Their grandchildren; Adam Lee, Christopher Michael, Elizabeth Lorraine, Molly Lorraine, Morgan Ashley, Erin Georgette, Meghan Nicole, Rachel Joye, Miriam Anne Rebekah, and Montana Lindsey, and their great-grandchildren, Landyn Nicholas and Pierson Joseph and many other family members.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 26, 2011 at Stackus Funeral Home. There will be no visitation or viewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Highland Cottage of Petosky, MI in Jim’s Honor. A luncheon will be held at the Boyne City Community of Christ Church located at 777 Vogel Street. Jim will be receiving Military Honors.