Jimmie "Jim" Lee VanBebber, 63, of Loami, died unexpectedly early Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 10, 1950, in Jacksonville, the son of the late James D. and Mary Blanch Tongate VanBebber. He married Maria L. Loveless on Feb. 24, 1973, in Palmyra, and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Alicia VanBebber (Joseph Casillas) of Nashville, Tenn., and Amanda VanBebber of Springfield; his much-anticipated grandchild due Sept. 18; two sisters, Bandy Robold (Monte) of Fallbrook, Calif., and Lindy Roggenkamp (Bob) of Eureka, S.D.; four aunts, Frances VanBebber and Ruth Woolfolk, both of Springfield, Alice Jesse of Columbia, S.C., and Susan Tongate of Carlinville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jim was a ironworker with Local 46 for many years. He was a former member of the New Berlin Jaycees. He was an avid collector who enjoyed managing his farms. He also loved being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Scottville West Cemetery near Scottville. Visitation will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra. Memorials are suggested to Scottville West Cemetery c/o Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Stults-Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home
201 North Main Street Palmyra, IL 62674
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Mar. 12, 2014