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James Paul Harrigan

James Paul Harrigan, 83, of Urbana, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

He was born in Champaign County on Aug. 22, 1929, a son of the late Joseph N. and Elizabeth McGuire Harrigan.

Paul was the last of seven children, Margaret (Hodd) Johns, Robert (Olita) Harrigan, Eileen (Bud) Long, Leo (Betty) Harrigan, John (Joyce) Harrigan and Ron Harrigan, who preceded him in death, along with a daughter, Karen Kay Harrigan; and brothers-in-law, William Henke, Harold Reineke, Albert Mutschler Jr. and Richard (Jeanne) Mutschler.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia L. (Mutschler) Harrigan; sons, Michael (Sandy) of Phoenix, Lewis (Trudy) of Springboro, Kevin (Cheryl) of Sharpsburg, Ga., Timothy (Denise) of New Carlisle, Brian (Jana) of Bellefontaine, Terry (Robyn) of Brookville, Ron (Jillaine) of Bellefontaine and Chris (Heidi) of North Canton; daughters, Paula Reading of Springfield and Colleen (Timothy) Barger of Bellbrook; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joice Harrigan of Florida; sisters-in-law, Marianne Henke, Ruth Reineke, Florence Mutschler and Marje Niles; brother- and sister-in-law, Larry and Helen Mutschler; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paul attended St. Mary Catholic School and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Urbana. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was active in AA in Urbana and Springfield for 25 years.

He was a well-known tool and die maker, working at American Tool, Urbana Tool, Bulldog/ITE, The Hall Company and retired from Rittal. He later worked at Woodrow Co. and was the former owner of Southside Wash & Dry.

Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Walter & Smith Funeral Home, Urbana. A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 231 Washington Ave., Urbana, with celebrant Father Greg Konerman. Burial is in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or charities of the donors’ choices.

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