Robert Dean James, 71, of Beaucoup, Ill., born Nov. 10, 1944, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away at 6:46 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at SSM Good Samaritan Health Center in Mount Vernon, Ill.
Mr. James was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a banking finance officer for many years and was the former owner/operator of West Side Cleaners in Nashville. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and order of the Shrine. Bob was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 127 in Nashville for many years. He enjoyed singing, watching sports and his grandchildren's many athletic activities as well as spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn M., nee Davis, James, whom he married on Jan. 5, 1963, in Waterloo, and who died May 20, 2011; and his parents, Ralph V. and Alma Barbara Coziar James.
Left to mourn his passing are two sons, Robert Dean James, II and wife Elizabeth of Mt. Vernon and R.V. James and wife Kristi of Imperial, Mo.; two daughters, Kalyn Dalman and husband Joe of DuBois and Beth James-Leff and husband Lance of Statham, Ga.; a sister, Janet Brown of Collinsville; seven grandchildren, Alan and Cory Middleton, Nicole Cooper, Daniel, Lola and Madelyn James and Kathryn Leff; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Cooper; and two step grandchildren, Drew and Dayton Dalman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested and may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or the family. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.styningerfuneralhomes.com.
Visitation: A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Styninger Funeral Home, Nashville, Ill.
Funeral: A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Davis officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Beaucoup Cemetery.
STYNINGER FUNERAL HOME, Nashville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 20, 2015