Reagan, James E.

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May 19, 1924 - February 25, 2019

Reagan, James E.

James Edward “Jim” Reagan Sr, died suddenly from pneumonia and heart failure Monday, February 25, 2019 at Presbyterian Hospital. He was 94. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 71 years, Joy Morris Reagan; his son, Jim Reagan Jr; his daughter, June Ann Armstrong; three grandchildren, Sarah Royal, Ben Reagan and Taylor Armstrong; and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Jody Morris Reagan in 1999. He is survived by his younger sister, Mary Louise Reagan Bush, of Houston. A lifelong resident of Dallas, Jim was born in 1924 in Dallas, the third of four children to Karl and Cora Reagan. After graduating from Adamson High School, Jim joined the Army Air Corps and became a pilot and eventually attained the rank of Captain, flying C-47 troop carriers over Europe during WWII. Toward the end of the war, Jim had the privilege of flying General Charles De Gaulle’s son, who had been in a Nazi prison camp, home to France. General De Gaulle hugged and kissed Jim and was extremely grateful to him for returning his son home. Jim always maintained love and respect for veterans and active military and would often stop and chat with them. After the war he attended SMU in Dallas, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jim met his wife, Joy, on a blind date in 1947 and they were married in February 1948 in Dallas. In the early 1950s he and Joy became lifelong members of St John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, raising their family there and making many great friends. Jim started his engineering career with Guiberson Corporation where he worked for a short while then moved on to Otis Engineering Corporation (oil and natural gas industry) where he stayed until he retired in 1986. While at Otis Jim invented a number of natural gas well components that were officially patented by the United States Patent Office. During his years at Otis Jim was very active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was National Chairman of the Executive Committee for 5 years. After retiring from Otis, Jim opened a Taylor Rental (party and equipment rental business) with Joy and son Jim Jr. They had that business until 2000 when it was sold. Jim and Joy then enjoyed a few years working  conventions at the Dallas Convention Center with the Dallas Convention Bureau. Jim and Joy enjoyed travelling and over the years made and cherished many close friends. Jim loved sports—–he was an avid golfer; he enjoyed attending SMU football and basketball games with Joy and friends. He was also a big Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers fan. He was a lover of chocolate and was the world’s best at making the perfect bloody mary and margarita. He was also the ultimate charcoal grill master! He loved working in his yard and was even still mowing regularly until almost age 93. Jim was an attentive and loving husband and the best Dad in the world………he will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:30 am at St John’s Episcopal Church,
848 Harter Rd, Dallas TX 75218.
Father David Houk officiating.
Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John’s Episcopal Church

A Signature Service under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Kenneth E. Reagan

March 25, 2019 4:01PM

James Edward Reagan Sr. was my uncle. I was raised by James's mother Cora Belle Reagan. James was my idea of perfect relative. James was always there for advise. Without James's support and concern I wouldn't have joined the USAF where I met my wife, Betty of 51 years and learned a skill that became a career for me that I really loved. James and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

June Reagan

March 20, 2019 2:31PM

To the Best Dad ever. I love you so very, very much.