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James F. Weisel of Tamaroa

  • James F. Weisel

    James F. Weisel

updated: 7/3/2020 2:13 PM

James F. Weisel, 102, of Tamaroa, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Jim had been a farmer and worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Nine Mile Baptist Church in Tamaroa.

Jim was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was a private in Company M 148th Infantry and served in the Solomons Campaign and the Battle of New Georgia Islands. Jim received two Battle Stars for those campaigns, four overseas service bars, an American Defense Service Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He was also a member of the Perry County Farm Bureau.

Jim was born on Sept. 27, 1917 at Tamaroa, the son of Ira and Mary (Brown) Weisel.

He married Lucille Moore on Jan. 20, 1940 at Perryville, Missouri and she preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 1940. He then married Mabel Woodside on June 10, 1945 at Du Quoin, and she preceded him in death on April 26, 2017.

Jim is survived by two sons, Ray Weisel and Harold Weisel, both of Tamaroa; four grandchildren, Brad Weisel, Eric Weisel, Jeremy (Rhonda) Weisel and Amanda (Jason) Harris; and five great-grandchildren, Emily Thibert, Casey Weisel, Shelby Harris, Treyton Weisel and Lucas Weisel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; daughter-in-law Joan Weisel; granddaughter Kimber Weisel; four sisters, Mildred (Carl) Emling, Leila (Kenneth) Hutchings, Alma Schulze and Helen McElhattan; and one brother, Kenneth Weisel.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the Nine Mile Baptist Church in Tamaroa, with the Rev. Eric Drake officiating.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church. The state's Phase 4 allows up to 50 attendees, using social distancing guidelines.

Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Pinckneyville, Illinois.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin V.F.W. and American Legion and the Army National Guard.

Friends may make memorials to the Nine Mile Baptist Church, which will be accepted at the funeral home.

Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa is in charge of arrangements. For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit