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James Close
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     This memorial website was created to remember James Close who was born in Dubuque, Iowa on March 5, 1942 and passed away on November 4, 2008. He will live forever in our memories and hearts.

     James A. “Tonto” Close, 66, of Pekin, formerly of Peoria and Dubuque, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, peacefully at home.

     James was born March 5, 1942 in Dubuque, IA, a son of Francis C. and Evelyn A. (Rahe) Close. Jim married Sharon J. (Dean) on March 18, 2004 in Mountain Home, AR. She survives.

     He is also survived by his sons, Dennis and David Close, both of East Peoria; daughter, Kimberly (Jon) Hillman of Pekin; four grandchildren; brothers, Jack F. (Jeanette) Close and Jay C. (Pam) Close, all of Dubuque and Jerry W. (Jean) Close of Riverside, CA; sisters, Joan M. (Don) Merz of Dubuque and Judy A. (Wayne) East of Linden, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

     Jim was a graduate of the first graduating class of Dubuque Wahlert High School in 1960. After graduating high school, he was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran, serving in Iceland for four years. He later graduated from Illinois Central College, with a degree in Business Administration.

     He enjoyed collecting antique buses and airplanes and was active in the Brothers Bowling Tournament in Pekin. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. In 1999, Jim retired as a booking agent with Trans World Airlines (TWA). Jim and Sharon both enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.

     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, in Dubuque. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services, with interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

     The family would especially like to thank the nurses and staff of Community Hospice of Peoria and Sharon’s brother, Terry, for their care and concern for Jim.

     Memorials contributions may be made to Community Hospices of America, 2000
W. Pioneer Parkway, #24, Peoria, Illinois 61615.

     Local arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home in Peoria.


Latest Condolences
SUZANNE BOGARD FOND MEMORIES November 8, 2008
DICK AND I WISH TO EXPRESS OUR SADNESS WHEN WE READ ABOUT JIM. WE HAVE SO MANY FOND MEMORIES OF JIM FROM OZARK AIR LINES AND THE MANY VISITS HE MADE TO OUR HOME IN NAPLES,FLORIDA. WE ALWAYS HAD SO MUCH FUN AND HE WOULD JUST MAKE HIMSELF AT HOME WHICH I LOVED. OUR SPECIAL THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ON THIS DAY. THE BOGARDS PEORIA ILLINOIS
Marilyn Monroe Mrs November 7, 2008

Our sincere condolences to his family

from his many friends at Ozark Air Lines.  

 
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