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James Gray

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — James L. Gray, 60, of Princeton, formerly of Sheffield, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at OSF Medical Center in Peoria after a short illness.

Jim was born March 17, 1953, in South Bend, Ind., the son of Marvin and Arlene (Kemerling) Gray. He graduated from Neponset High School in 1971. Jim married Marilyn Becue on March 16, 1974, in Sheffield. She survives.

Jim had worked 30 years until retiring from Case IH in East Moline. He then had worked at Hotsy Equipment in Princeton until his death. He had served on the Sheffield Library Board. He loved music, motorcycles, computers and tinkering and especially his family.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Princeton; two daughters, Sherri (Matt) Jones of Tiskilwa and Jennifer Adams of Bradford; one granddaughter, Illyana; two stepgranddaughters, Julia and Angelica; his mother, Arlene Gray of Kewanee; one brother, Danny (Doreen) Gray, Mesa, Ariz.; one brother-in-law, Mike Becue of Sheffield; and a niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Starr; and a brother, Daniel.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield, with Father Mark Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Sheffield Library or Sheffield Playground Fund.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Jim’s obituary at

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