Stutts, James Ralph Age 84 of Wilmington, passed away June 23. James was a son of the late Kenneth and Sarah Beatty-Stutts. He was raised in Tennessee and honorably served in the US Marine Corps from 1949 to 1951 and then in the 9th Marine Corps Reserves until 1953.On December 26, 1953, Jim married Bette Vilt and together they raised their family in Wilmington. Jim was a member of the Machinists Local #701, as well as the Wilmington Lodge #208 A.F. & A.M. He worked his entire life as a welder and retired in 1991. Jim was a great supporter and avid fan of Wilmington Wildcat sports, and remained active with the Wilmington Cat Backers. He volunteered for many years at Kuzma Care Cottage in Wilmington, and will be remembered for his garden, of which he shared with so many. Survivors include his wife of 59 years Bette; two daughters: Kathy (Charlie) Stewart of Braidwood and Nancy (Jeff) Dillon of Wilmington; daughter-in-law Debra Stutts of Midland, Michigan; six grandchildren; one great grandchild on the way; one brother and one sister.Jim was preceded by his son Kenneth and two sisters. Visitation will be Wednesday June 26th, from 4:00PM until time of Masonic Services 7:00PM at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. (815/476-2181)Funeral services will follow Thursday at 11:00AM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Jim's memory to Kuzma Care Cottage or to the First United Methodist Church of WIlmington.Online guestbook: www.FRBfuneral.com
. Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Matthew R. Baskerville, CFSP.