James L. Desper, 82, of Cullom, IL., died 9:49 P.M., Saturday, September 10, 2016 at his home in Cullom. A Celebration of Life will be held 4:00 P.M., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City, . Friends may meet with family from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City. Memorials may be made to the Carmi Baptist Children's Home and Family Services.
Burial will be on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Cottonwood, IL. A graveside service will precede burial starting at 1:30 PM those attending should go directly to the cemetery.
James was born on July 17, 1934 in Omaha, IL., to Fred and Dorothy (Bolerjack) Desper. He spent his childhood in South Eastern Illinois. He married Norma "Jean" Sims on June 20, 1954 in Carmi, IL. She died on May 27, 2010. James is survived by a son - James Desper Jr. of Chatsworth, IL., a grandson - Lee Finis of Rantoul, IL., and a sister - Sue (Mickey) Dagley of Centralia, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter - Ann Desper Finis and two sons - David and Paul Desper.
James attended the Clifton Baptist Church in Clifton, IL. He moved to Ford County 32 years ago. James had worked in sales in the Insurance Industry. He enjoyed antique tractors.
Local arrangements are being conducted by Cox & Son Funeral Home, Ridgway, IL.