James Leroy "Jim" Ater
1937 - 2020

James Leroy "Jim" Ater

June 25, 1937 - Oct. 22, 2020

MACON - James Leroy "Jim" Ater 83, of Macon, IL passed away at 6:26 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020, in St John's Hospital, Springfield, IL.

A graveside service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in the South Macon Township Cemetery, Macon, IL. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Macon, IL. Memorials may be made in Jim's memory to Kerby Strong Foundation, or Men Macon a Difference, or Prairie Heart Institute Foundation. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at dawson-wikoff.com.

Jim was born June 25, 1937, in Macon, IL the son of Ralph and Isabelle (Johnson) Ater. He married Creta J. Suppes on February 25, 1956. Jim had owned and operated Ater Mobil Service Station in Macon. He enjoyed going to flea markets and antiquing with his wife. He also was an avid dirt car racer (Dirt Squirt) in Macon and other central Illinois tracks. His greatest passion was attending his grandchildren's sporting events and activities.

Surviving are his wife, Creta of Macon; children: Cynthia Ruot (Dennis) of Macon, Brian Ater (Julie) of Sherman, Carol Rozanski (friend, Gary Bennett) of Mt. Zion, and Lisa Courtney (Allan) of Decatur; brothers: Arthur Ater (Barbara) of Macon and Roger Ater (Sue) of Moweaqua; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Beverly, and grandson-in-law: Brad Kirby.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Doctors and staff of Prairie Cardiovascular and especially to nurses: Steven and Richard and the South Macon Fire and Rescue for all the care and compassion shown to Jim and the family.

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Published by Decatur Herald & Review on Oct. 25, 2020.
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Directors - Macon
971 Prescott Court, Macon, IL 62544
Graveside service
South Macon Township Cemetery
, Macon, Illinois
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a loved one
October 27, 2020
Joy Woker
October 26, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Jim and Dad were good friends and I know he enjoyed his company. I remember many times riding in your bus to a race on the week-ends. Prayers from Ethiopia.
Shelly Hilvety
October 26, 2020
Ater Family, I just wanted to take a minute to express my deepest sympathy. Some of my favorite memories was going into town with my grandpa Marvin to "Aters". I always got a pop and a candy bar. Listening to my grandpa a Jim chat about who only knows was entertaining and the laughs they created always come back when I drove by the shop. My grandpa Darrell Hartnell, I´m sure was waiting for Jim at the gates and their conversations about racing probably picked right back up and they are starting a Heaven racing team. Jim was an AMAZING man and always treated me like family. No one has and never will change my car oil like he did; with compassion and care. My heart is with all of you!!
Danielle Lash
October 25, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim when Art Strocher owned the Mobil Station in Macon. I was in high school. Jim and I got to reminisce at Jack Herbert's visitation. It was good to talk to him. My condolences to you and your family. My dad also took his car and truck to Jim's many times.
Roger Ellis
October 25, 2020
Creta & family, Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss. Jim and his father have been a memorable part of the Lyce C. Ellis family since the late 20's when my & & Jim's father were neighbors and rode their motorcycles together. My father was Jim's customer forrever, and Mother Hazel remained Jim's longtime customer. Jim was my go-to mechanic for Macon Monsanto & Monsanto provided Jim with a racing "fire-suit"/small sponsor in 1967....I have nany good "Jim memories" and really enjoyed watching Jim race. Gary Ellis
Gary L. Ellis
October 25, 2020
Cindy I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great guy. My thoughts n prayers are with you n your family.
Evelyn Smith Beightel
October 25, 2020
lisa and allan, very sorry to hear of jims passing, you are in our thoughts, and prayers
kevin castle
October 25, 2020