James Oliver Stever (1936 - 2014)

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James Oliver Stever, 78, of Greenville, passed away on Monday morning, Sept. 15, 2014, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville, with the Rev. Jeffery Nehrt officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Shriners' Hospital for Children, BackStoppers or Bond County Hospice.
Mr. Stever was born on July 5, 1936, in Greenville, the son of Melvin "Dag" and Gladys Young Stever. He married Dolores "Dee" Stever on Nov. 5, 1995; she preceded him in death on April 7, 2012.
He grew up in Greenville, attended local schools and graduate from Greenville High School with the class of 1954. He went on to attend Greenville College and get his bachelor's degree in business administration. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1959. He was in active duty at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., from 1959-60. He rose to the rank of sergeant first class, and was honorably discharged in 1966.
He was employed by the Illinois State Police from October 1957-December 1988. He graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy as a trooper and was assigned to District 11 in 1957. He was promoted to corporal in 1967 and sergeant as a shift commander in 1971; appointed district administrative officer responsible to the commander in 1974; promoted to lieutenant in 1978; and was district field operations commander from 1983 until his retirement in 1988. He was appointed investigator for the Bond County State's Attorney and worked there for 21 years. He had a total of 52 years in law enforcement.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greenville, Greenville Jaycees (serving as president, 1962-63), Retired State Police Association, Greenville Volunteer Fire Department, Bond County Law Enforcement Association, Greenville Police Commission (chairman and vice chairman), Bond County Shrine Club and Ainad Shriners of East St. Louis.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer and her husband Brian McGill of New Castle, Colo., J.R. Stever and his wife Alison North of Highland, Michael Meyer and his wife Cheryle of Vandalia, Martha Kimber of Richmond, Va., and Mary J. and her husband Johnny Hawley of Richmond, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a brother, Melvin Eugene Stever.
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Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home Ltd
203 West Oak Street
Greenville, IL 62246
(618) 664-0431
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 16 to Sept. 24, 2014
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