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James Eugene Friant Sr.

June 9, 1964 October 20, 2019
James Eugene Friant Sr.
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Obituary for James Eugene Friant Sr.

James Eugene Friant Sr., 55, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 8:04 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2019 in his home.

He was born June 9, 1964, in La Porte, Indiana, to Edward Eugene and Virginia May (Richardson) Friant.

James attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, La Porte. He enjoyed fishing, riding Harley motorcycles and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

On December 12, 2015, in Michigan City, Indiana, he married Charlene R. (Keigley) Friant, who survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Virginia (Dennis Friant) Cordova Friant of La Porte; his father, Edward (Carol) Friant of MO; four sons, James E. (Heather) Friant Jr. of La Porte, John E. Friant of OK, Samuel M. Friant and Gordon F. Friant II both of South Bend; one daughter, Jessie D. Friant Back of La Porte; step son, Carl A. Stuckey of Princeton, IL; four sisters, Deborah J. Friant Thorton of La Porte, Tuliea Q. Friant Wittika of AZ, La Lainya L. (Scottie) Anderson Jefferies of Jensen Beach, FL and Bonnie J. (Karen) White of Valparaiso; aunt and uncle, Sally and Francisco Loza; nine half siblings; twenty nine grandchildren; eleven nieces and nephews; and sixteen great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Gordon F. Friant; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Edna Richardson; paternal grandparents, Edward and Marjorie Friant; and one nephew, Darnell R. Friant.

Cremation will take place. A celebration of his life will be held at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the American Legion Post 434, 500 Grayton Rd., Kingsford Heights, IN 46346 with Pastor Joe Mollet officiating. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.

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Memorial contributions may be directed to the family c/o Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100.

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