James Raymond Strawn Jr.


James Raymond Strawn, Jr., age 62, of rural Pocahontas, passed away at home Monday, December 28, 2015 surrounded by his wife and family.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Billy Blackman officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Full Military Honors will follow by V.F.W. Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439 both of Highland, Illinois.

James Raymond Jr., the son of James Raymond Strawn, Sr. and Doris M. Ballwin Strawn, was born November 23, 1953 in Belleville, Illinois. James attended the local schools, high school and college, getting his ITT Mechanical degree. He served our country in the United States Army, being honorably discharged on the 6th day of March, 1975.

James was united in marriage to Virginia Rieke. He is also survived by his daughter Sherri L. Johnson of Pierron and her fiancé Bill Bone, son Jonathon Strawn of Pierron and his fiancé Alexis Peterson, son Thomas Rieke of Highland, his wife Michelle, and his beloved babies Buddy and Sarge. He is also survived by his mother, Doris M. Strawn.

He was the loving grandfather of seven; Steven R. Kilzer, Krystallyn N. Rode and husband Justin, Miranda E. Kilzer and fiancé Garrett, Danielle M. Armistead, Zachary A. Johnson, Kayden Suh, Charlotte Strawn and Brad William Johnson Jr., who passed away on May 5, 1995.
Great-grandfather of Rylan, Reis, Levi, Ayden and Ambrie. He was the brother of George Strawn of East St. Louis, IL, Richard Strawn and wife Lisa of Fayetteville, IL, Ruth Ann Strawn of Mt. Vernon, IL, Tina Strawn of Mt. Vernon, IL and Arnold Strawn of Fayettville, IL. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Joe Strawn, who passed away as a child.

James worked for Basler Electric for 20 years in Highland, Illinois. Prior to Basler he worked for American Steel in Granite City, Illinois. James lived most of his life in Pocahontas, IL. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, and riding with the “Dream Weaver” motorcycle group in the St. Louis Riverbend area. He was also an active participant of the Woodmen of the World for many years.

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