James was born in Terre Haute, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Abel and Irene Abel. He is survived by his friend and companion, Deborah Krug and son Ryan Krug; siblings, Jane Hilton (Don), Cora Harris, John Abel (Nancy Smith); and a loving family of nieces and nephews.
James graduated Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a successful career with Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, he elected an early retirement, alternating between Chicago and Tucson, Ariz. James was so fortunate to have spent his remaining 20 years doing what he loved, cycling throughout North America with groups of his bicycling family.
A final wish from James ... "To everyone who has allowed me to be a part of their life, I hope you feel your life is a little better for having included me."
Published on November 14, 2017