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BISMARCK - James A. Ribbe Sr., 79, of Bismarck, passed away at 12:54 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Danville.
James was born July 18, 1938, the son of Cecil Earl and Juanita (Stout) Ribbe in Danville. He married Ramona (Shank) Schroeder on May 1, 1993, and she preceded him in death Dec. 23, 2014.
Survivors include one son, James (Sheryl) Ribbe, Jr. of Bismarck; one daughter, Julie Mcquown of Danville; one step-son, Michael (Bethann) Schroeder of Indianapolis; one step-daughter, Marcia (Bill) Hodges of Danville; one sister, Sandy Weaver of Danville; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
James is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ramona; one step son, Stephen Schroeder; one brother, Larry Patterson; and one sister, Joan Bowman.
James was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Danville and a former Elks Lodge member. He attended Washington Grade School on Gilbert Street and Danville High School, graduating in 1957. After high school he had the opportunity to try out with the National League Philadelphia Phillies but decided to attend college at Quincy University. He was offered an athletic scholarship in baseball and basketball and played both at the college. After college he returned to Danville where he worked summers at Fred W. Amend Co. a.k.a. "Chuckles Candy Co." He was later offered a front office position and worked for them for more than 42 years. James enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports, was known for his scrapbooking of sports for his grandkids, as well as other area athletes. Most of all, James loved spending time with his family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion Street, Danville. Pastor Kevin Little will officiate. Burial will be in Gundy Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fair Hope Ministries located at 908 May Street Danville, IL 61832
Please join James' family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 8, 2017
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