In Memory

James Michael Quackenbush - Class Of 1970


Central 1970 James Michael “Mike” Quackenbush

April 6, 1952 - Dec. 28, 2015

SOUTH BEND - James Michael “Mike” Quackenbush, 63, of Waco, Texas, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015.

Mike was born April 6, 1952, to James Edward and Lenora (Reeve) Quackenbush in South Bend, Ind. He was raised there, and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Mike was a member of the last graduating class of South Bend Central High School in 1970. He attended Purdue University, graduating with a degree in Environmental Science in 1974.

He was married September 25, 1976, to Patricia Joan Kujawski in South Bend. They moved to Texas in 1992 where Mike worked in Austin. In 2010, Mike moved to Waco where he worked for the BRA. In Waco, he taught himself how to play the acoustic guitar and learned how to paint watercolors.

Mike was preceded in death by his father and a nephew.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Carol Joiner and husband, Glenn; mother, Lenora; sister, Barbara Phend of Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Those who knew Mike will surely remember his sense of humor. His advice to all was “watch more sunsets, eat more ice cream.”

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