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James Harshbarger

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 12:42 p.m. CDT

NORWOOD — James “Jim” D. Harshbarger, 75, of Norwood passed away at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born June 13, 1937, in Freeport to Charles and Dorothy (Little) Harshbarger. He first married Elaine Whitaker in 1956; he later married Sally Ault in 1971 (deceased). He last married Marilyn Swanson on June 21, 2003, in Peoria County. She survives.

Jim was a graduate of Limestone High School, Class of 1955. He was a U.S. Navy Reserve veteran. Jim was a member of Teamsters Local 627 in Peoria and its retirees club. He retired in 1994 after he gave 38 years of service as a truck driver to Sturm Freightways which later became Hyman. Jim was a member of the Early Ford V8 Club and Slow Pokes Club.

Jim was also a dedicated member and deacon of Peoria First Church of the Brethren and led the Mountain Mission trips to Kentucky. He was a respected member of a men’s prayer group and multiple church activities. Jim was happiest when he was tinkering in the garage or helping someone in need.

Also surviving are his children, Lori (J.R.) England of Peoria, Kellie (Gerald) Swigger of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Shawn (Michele) Harshbarger, David (Wendy) Harshbarger and Rene’ Danneels, all of Peoria; six siblings, Jerry (Sharon) Harshbarger and Judy (Charles) Cunningham, both of Peoria, Gene (Judy) Harshbarger of Harrison, Ohio, Joyce (Melvin) Lauterbach and Joan (Kent) Nelson, both of Peoria, and Jane (Dan) Boulton of Metamora; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

A celebration of life service for Jim will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Peoria First Church of the Brethren. Pastor Dana McNeil will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Cremation will be accorded.

The Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.

Memorials may be made to the Mountain Mission Fund at his church.

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