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James C. McKenna's Obituary Seneca once said something to the effect that: "Men are too rarely concerned about living nobly, but consider it more important to live long. Curiously, we can have a great affect on whether or not we live nobly, but very little on how long we live." Our friend lived nobly, albeit not long enough. James Charles (Chuck) McKenna, 75, of Hilton Head Island, formerly of Plymouth and Ann Arbor, MI, died at home on September 24, 2013. Mr. McKenna was born in Michigan, attended Plymouth HS (with his future wife), and the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While working as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, he earned his Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1962. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 45 years, Sally, Chuck is survived by his later beloved Laurie Liscomb, as well as three children, seven grandchildren, and two siblings: Daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Philip Korson of Haslett MI, their three sons and one daughter; Son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Patricia McKenna of Denver, CO, their two sons and one daughter; daughter and her partner, Sarah McKenna and Stephanie Baird of Beaufort, SC; Sister Edith McKenna of Chevy Chase, MD, and brother and his wife, Pat and Marie McKenna of Milan MI. He also leaves behind many, many, dear friends. After retiring from Ford, Chuck spent his time in various capacities: volunteering in area schools; working for Habitat for Humanity; supporting the Marines and his college fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; as well as enjoying golf, travel, and the company of family and friends. Chuck's charm, wit, and oft biting sense of humor left an indelible imprint on this world and will be sorely missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island, SC, on Saturday September 28, at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. Any memorial donations should be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline, Ave., Attn: Development Dept., Boston, MA 02215 or to the charity of your choice. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.