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James Alan LaMouria, 66, of Millersville died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at his home.
He was born April 30, 1945, in Marquette, Mich., to Joseph Peter and Emma Therese VanDorne LaMouria.
He and Eileen M. Jack were married Nov. 25, 1981 at Carson City, Nev.
He graduated from University of Nevada at Reno and attended Michigan State University, working on his master's degree in child psychology.
Mr. LaMouria was the area director for seven restaurants in southern Missouri for Buffets Inc. (Ryan's Steak House).
He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral in Cape Girardeau.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a wonderful sense of humor. When asked how he was doing, his typical, wonderful response was "dandy as candy." Also, as Jim put it, he studied child psychology because he thought of himself as a child and he should learn about himself. He was loyal and generous to his family, his many friends, employers and employees who loved and respected him. Jim wished everyone a good moral spirit. God and family were the center of his life. He will be dearly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen M. LaMouria of Millersville; a son, Joshua (Julie) LaMouria, Jackson; four daughters, Janet (Gary) Bannhard of Holt, Mich., Julie Saunders and Jennifer Cremers, both of Waunakee, Wis., Jacqueline (Paul) Walters, Ridgecrest, Calif.; a sister, Yvonne (Tom) Rice, Livonia, Mich.; a brother, James LaMouria, Boulder City, Ariz.; and 16 grandchildren, Eric, Annelise, Melanie, Kenneth, Andrew, Rebecca, Adam, Zachary, Paul, Andrew, Bailey, Sarah, Tony, Jayne, Jillian and Julia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James A. Hignitel and a son-in-law, Patrick Saunders.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel with parish prayers and a rosary at 7.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Cathedral with the Revs. Tom Kiefer and Patrick Nwokoye officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Cape Girardeau at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to Voice for Life, c/o Kathleen Keesee, 2439 Glenridge Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.