James H. (Jim) Obert Jr.
1950 - 2020
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James H. (Jim) Obert Jr.
PEORIA—James H. (Jim) Obert Jr., age 69, of Dixon, CA, formerly of Peoria, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 while under Vitas Hospice Care in California.
Jim was born December 23, 1950 in Peoria, IL, to James (Jim) H. Obert Sr. and Ruth (Orr) Obert.
Surviving are his mother Ruth Obert of Peoria, IL and brother Richard Obert of Peoria, IL and granddaughter Sierra Radcliff-Marier of Triangle, VA, who would spend many weekends with her "papa" and "mama" in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Obert Sr. in August 2000 and his ex-wife, Martha Sue Breeze, who he married on August 6, 1990 in Centerville, MO. She died September 2006 in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Jim graduated from Richwoods High School in 1969. He attended Southern Illinois University for two years and then graduated from Bradley University in 1974 with a B.S. in journalism. Jim enlisted in the Army at Fort Ord, CA in 1974 and served in Frankfort, Germany for the Army Newspaper. He also did public relations for the tourism board of the German railway. After Germany, Jim served at Fort Lewis, WA and the United States Army Chemical Depot on Johnston Island located in the Pacific about 700 nautical miles south-west of Hawaii.
Returning from service after four years, he resided in Southern Missouri where he bought some land and built a cabin to enjoy nature. In 1988, he became an editor/reporter for the Reynolds County Courier Newspaper in Ellington, MO. He won many local awards and also a National award for a feature newspaper story on drive-in theaters.
In 1992, He was promoted to city editor in Farmington, MO. In 1994, he joined the SE Missourian Newspaper in Cape Girardeau, MO as the business today editor.
Taking an early retirement, he moved to the Sacramento/Dixon California area in August 2011 with friends John and Maria Mooney. The family appreciates Maria's care and concern for Jim over the past few years in California. Cremation rites have been given in California. Entombment of ashes will be with his father at a future date at American Mausoleum in Peoria, IL.
Memorials may be given in his name to any local animal or rescue shelters.
May you rest in Peace dear Jimmy. Mom and Rick.



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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 1, 2020
Jim loved writing for the newspapers. I met him years ago when we both wrote for a local paper. Jim was diverse in his interests. He loved Jim Morrison and Frank Sinatra equally. A dream of his was to move to California... that dream was fulfilled. He always spoke fondly of his home town Peoria. If he talked about his days at College in Southern Illinois his eyes would light up and he would spin never ending stories of those days. It was clear when he spoke of his family he was devoted. He always spoke dearly of his mother. He was devoted to his friends . Rest in Peace Jim and may God have Mercy on your soul.
Julia Grider
Friend
June 27, 2020
Dear Ruth: So sorry to hear of your loss. We hope that time leaves you with nothing but wonderful memories of your son.
Norm & Beth Ricca
June 27, 2020
My condolences on the loss of James, May God give you comfort at this time.
Ronald Kirchgessner
Friend
June 26, 2020
DEAR RUTH. SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JIMMYS DEATH. REMEMBER HIM AS A CHILD GROWING UP IN PEORIA. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU...SHIRLEY BISCHOFF BARBER...
SHIRLEY. BARBER
Friend
June 26, 2020
im was one of the most creative and funny boys, guys, men, that I ever knew. The things he could come up with on the spur of the moment were always fun, entertaining and zany. We were close friends in high school and stayed in touch over the years, but then time slips by, and I had not seen my friend for probably15 years. I wish brother Rick and Mrs. Obert strength and peace at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Great Picture, OBIE! RIP.
Grant Youngman
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