Lee Webster James, 83, passed away peacefully at Forest Creek Village nursing home, in Indianapolis, where he had resided since Dec. 16. He died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 of diabetes and dementia.
Lee was born in Thomasboro, Ill., Aug. 15, 1933 to Ormal and Pearl Webster James. He grew up in Penfield, Ill. and graduated from Armstrong Township High School in 1951. Lee enjoyed his life as a grain farmer.
For 57 years, Lee and his wife lived in Hope, Ill. before moving in with his son, Dan and daughter-in-law, Angie in Indianapolis.
They raised a family of three sons and one daughter in a home transformed by the skill of his own hands. He expanded the original house constructing additions as his family grew. Lee worked hard and played hard enjoying playing cards, golfing, camping, fishing and acting as captain on his houseboat with family and friends. Unfortunately dementia robbed him of knowing his lifelong love, the Chicago Cubs, had indeed won the World Series in 2016. He watched them win but did not grasp what had finally happened.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by son, Terry; an infant son, Frankie and great-granddaughter, Addison; three brothers; and two sisters. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pat; daughter, Pattilee (Dave) Henderson of Cary, N.C.; two sons, Dan (Angie) James of Indianapolis and Scott (Mary) James of Fisher, Ill.; two brothers, Ed James of San Antonio, Texas and Hardin (Helen) James of Potomac; one sister, Marylou (Bob) Ulrich, Sundance, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Lee was a member of Hope United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hope UCC, 23334 State Route 49, Armstrong, Illinois 61812.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Hope United Church of Christ. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at church. Burial will be at Embury Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Blurton Funeral Home, Potomac.
Published on February 14, 2017