James R. Pettit

Born: Sun., Jun. 16, 1929
Died: Tue., Jan. 10, 2017

No services to be held

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   James R. Pettit, 87, of Quincy, died at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday (January 10, 2017) in his home.

   Born June 16, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, James was the son of Arthur and Nelle Sweeny Pettit. He married Barbara J. Bellis on January 20, 1960 in Quincy. She survives

   A 1948 graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Jim was a standout player for his high school baseball team that won the St. Louis City Championship which also included Earl Weaver, who later was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles for many years. Jim signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees and played Class B minor league baseball with the Quincy Gems and with teams in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington N.C., Mooresville N.C. and Sanford N.C..  During his career, Jim played with Tom Gott, Jim Finigan and Roy Sievers, who later played with the St. Louis Browns.  Following his retirement from baseball, Jim was employed for 33 years with Meinhardt Cartage Company as an over the road truck driver and then for R & W Service System until his retirement in 1986.

   Jim was an avid sportsman and enjoyed golfing, bowling and shooting pool. He loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed their many trips to Florida.

   Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a son, David Pettit (Lisa) of Rockford, IL; a daughter, Pamela Shepard (James) of Bloomington, IL; four grandchildren, Michael Shepard of Bloomington, IL, Courtney Forehand (Matt) of Alhambra, CA, and Carley Pettit and Casey Pettit both of Rockford, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Pettit was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Carl Dale Pettit and Gerald Pettit.

   Mr. Pettit gifted his body to medical science. No services will be held.  

   Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Parkinson's Foundation in care of  Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, IL 62301.

   The family would like to thank Joanne Obert and Molly Schulte for their wonderful love, care and support for Jim during his illness.

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susan wentura & doug wentura
   Posted Tue January 10, 2017
Pam-Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking of you and your family.

Jerry H.Lair
   Posted Tue January 10, 2017
Barbara and family, our thoughts are with each of you. I knew all the Pettit guys when I was a kid. My dad Wilbur his brothers Russ and Ray worked for Meinhardt.

Frank Lewis
   Posted Wed January 11, 2017
Uncle Jim was always one of my favorites. Many fond memories of coming to Quincy to hang with all of you, the Quincy basketball games, Uncle Jim and his push ups. I always felt comfortable around him and with him. He was a great man and roll model for many. He definatley made his mark on this world and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again uncle Jim....Love Frank

Brian Brinkmeyer
   Posted Wed January 11, 2017
My condolences to Dave, Barb, Pam and your extended family. During high school in 1970's we spent a LOT of time at the Pettit house, playing pool in the basement, and basketball out in backyard. And recall Jim as a strong father figure, yet with a humorous side that could make everyone laugh. Have faith that he is in a better place now.

Norman Lewis
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017
Barb,Pam ,David,
I too have many memories of years past when we came to visit.I rode with Jim a few times in the truck on his runs.Never could beat him at bowling or pool.First time I ever ate fried apples in my life was at your home before Judy and I were married.She still cooks them today.Will always remember his 1958 black Chevy.
Love,Norm and Judy

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