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James R. McGill

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SPRINGFIELD - James Richard McGill, 53, of Springfield, formerly of Peoria Heights, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at his residence.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1954, in Hannibal, Mo., to John and Mary "Patt" Hollis McGill. His mother and grandparents preceded him in death.

In high school, he was the conference wrestling champion and named to the Woodruff Hall of Fame. Jim placed second in the state for Greco-Roman wrestling in 1971. He enjoyed many different sports and taught high diving, swimming and self defense at Bradley, ICC and law enforcement agencies. He also taught massage therapy. He was proficient in martial arts, achieved a fifth-degree black belt and was a master teacher. Jim was a fan of a fantasy football league. He began a 15-year career as a radio personality on WWCT in Peoria (1992-96, 2000-01), WIHN in Bloomington (2000-01) and Springfield WQLZ (1996-2004) and was one of the most recognizable voices in radio. He was a beloved public figure because of his many on air and on the street segments. Jim also had Jim's D.J. and Karaoke Service. In the last two years, he was the co-host of the Ray Lytle Show on disasterradio.net internet radio station and served as the production director and programming assistant with emphasis on the training of young broadcasters. He was a supporter of local music and was a fundraiser and contributor to many local charities. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim McGill Memorial Fund. He was commonly known as Jim the photographer and was an ordained minister who performed several weddings throughout central Illinois.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, John and Rebecca S. McGill of Peoria; brothers, Danny (wife, Robin) McGill of East Peoria, Tim (wife, Carrie) McGill of Loda and Gary McGill (significant other, Cindy Biel) of Fairview Heights; son, Adi (wife, Shayna) Elliot of Israel; nieces and nephews, Noël, Heather, Danny Jr., Johnathon, Alexandria and Rachel; and several aunts and uncles.

His family will greet friends from 11 a.m. until time of services at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, at Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 201 S. Main St., Illinois 4, in Chatham. The Rev. John Lee will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois, 201 South Main St., Chatham.

Staab Polk Memorial Home, 201 S. Main St. in Chatham, is serving the family.

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