James Lotz

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JAMES 'JIM' ELMER LOTZ, 76 LANARK - James "Jim" Elmer Lotz, 76, of Lanark, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 23, 2013. Jim was born on September 28, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois; the son of Elmer and Helen (Plock) Lotz. He attended Lanark Schools, graduating with the Class of 1954. Jim married Bonnie Jean Strauch on October 14, 1956, in Milledgeville, Illinois. He worked for the Kelly Springfield Company as a line worker for 35 years. Jim was a member of the Lanark Church of the Brethren, and the United Rubber Workers' Union. He enjoyed traveling to Texas with Bonnie during the winter months to visit his daughter, Jodi and son-in-law, Fred. Jim was a life long Chicago Bears fan, and he loved playing cards, especially poker, 500, and euchre. Jim enjoyed collecting antiques and was an avid deer and turkey hunter. Most of all, Jim cherished the time he spent with his grandsons, Cody and Cameron. Jim will be dearly missed by his wife, Bonnie of Rockford, Illinois; two daughters, Jodi (Fred) Arnold of Mesa, Arizona and Julie (Roger) Kruse of Lanark; two grandsons, Cody (Carly) Kruse and Cameron Kruse; a great-granddaughter, Kinsley Kruse; brother, Dennis (Wilma) Lotz, all from Lanark; sisters-in-law, Karen (Jack) Welch also from Lanark and Connie Halversen of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Lanark Church of the Brethren. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in Lanark Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Jim's memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Journal-Standard from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2013
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