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Jack James Passes

Published: January 10, 2019 11:41 am ET

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Jack Wesley James, 85, passed away on Sunday, January 6 in the presence of his wife and companion of 28 years, Bonnie.

James was a life-long harness horseman who retired at the age of 84. He bought his first horse, Sailor Kenny, in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1962.

He became a mason while in Ohio in 1955. James worked at National Cash Register for 14 years in Dayton, Ohio, and retired from Donnelly’s after 25 years.

He was an avid bowler for Brown’s Auto Sales. James joined the Eagles in 1984, became a lifetime member, and was their treasurer for 20 years.

James is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, David (Kobba), Cathy (Ed) Harrell and Jill White (Chris Brown); stepchildren, Kenny Steury, Rick Steury and Pat Steury; and grandchildren, Nathan White, Ally Harrell, Wes Harrell, Lane Harrell, Abigail, and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his six older siblings.

The family will be hosting a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 22) at the Eagles Club, 1917 Oak St., Mattoon. Arrangements are through Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the family and friends of Jack James.


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