MORTON - James A. Hufford, 87, of Morton passed away at 12:48 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Heritage Health in El Paso, Ill.
He was born Nov. 10, 1926, in East Peoria to Arthur and Mabel (Duvall) Hufford. He married Marjorie Tangman on April 20, 1946, in San Diego, Calif.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie Hufford, of Bloomington; one son, Steve (Marsha) Hufford of Portland, Tenn.; one daughter, Susan (William Sr.) Green of Normal; three grandsons, Joseph Hufford, Ryan Eberle and Aaron Eberle.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley; and one sister, Doris Zimmerman.
James was a private first class World War II veteran, having served with the Marines.
He was a sales agent for Amoco Oil in Morton for 18 years. James then worked in sales at Heiniger Motor Sales in Morton and Parkway Chrysler in Peoria for many years, retiring in 1987. He also volunteered as a driver for We Care, Inc. in Morton for several years.
James was a member of Morton United Methodist Church in Morton.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with the Rev. Gary Motta officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where military rites will be conducted.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Heritage Health in El Paso for their unending love, compassion and devotion to dad and our family these past few weeks. Thank you for gently guiding dad on his final journey.
Memorials may be made to Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550; or We Care Inc., 622 W. Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550.
To view James' video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.