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James C. "Jim" McGrew

1931 - 2018
James C. "Jim" McGrew Obituary
James C. "Jim" McGrew
MORTON - James Clark "Jim" McGrew, 86, of Morton passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.
Jim was born on Dec. 11, 1931, in Peoria, the son of the late James Clark and Mary (O'Connor) McGrew. He married Carol Frome on Nov. 24, 1967, in Bloomington. Carol preceded him in death in 2012. Jim was constantly at Carol's side through her two-year battle with cancer. He also leaves behind close friends and Norwood neighbors that became part of his family.
Jim is survived by three children, Deborah (Brad) Lathrop of Pekin, James (Ann) McGrew of Morton and Janae (Kendra) Henson of Normal; four grandchildren, Austin Lathrop, Pat (Jamie) Lowder and Connor and Ruby Henson-Stroud; and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brother, Robert McGrew of Morton; two nieces; two nephews; and 11 great-nieces and nephews.
Jim served two years in the U.S. Army, and later joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 34, where he was a member for 60 years. He epitomized the integrity and work ethic of his generation, rarely taking a day of vacation, and spending most evenings and weekends working on his house, his car or in his workshop. He could build or fix anything with his pocket knife and a piece of electrical tape.
After his work was done, summer evenings were spent in a lawn chair on a Norwood Street driveway, enjoying a beer, laughing and solving all of the world's problems with his neighbors.
Upon retirement, Jim became a regular fixture at Judy's Restaurant in Morton (later Peggi's) for breakfast, and enjoyed socializing there and at local restaurants (most notably Schooner's) for dinner.
Jim was a member of the Morton Whirl-a-Ways square dancing group. He loved listening to big band music and spent Sunday afternoons meticulously reading every word of the newspaper; the "funnies" were his favorite.
Above everything, Jim loved, and was loved by, his family. In addition to passing on his sense of humor, he taught his children the value of working hard, and gave them the gift of unconditional love. His loss leaves a void in our lives and in our hearts that can never be filled.
We will celebrate his life with a visitation on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. and a funeral service on Friday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 a.m., all to be held at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Deacon Kevin Zeeb will officiate. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton, where full military rites will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the or a .
To view Jim's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.


Published in Peoria Journal Star from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2018
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