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James Chester Petitt

April 10, 1945 - April 10, 2010

DAWSON – James C. JC Petitt, 65, of Dawson was surrounded by family for his final moments on Saturday, April 10, 2010 – his 65th birthday. James was born on April 10, 1945, to Chester Arthur Petitt and Ruth Luyon Petitt in Springfield, IL.

He married Patricia Stults July 29, 1967, before completing his tour in Vietnam. JC was an avid horseman. He spent most of his early years breaking and training horses. He was a boxer in the Golden Gloves Boxing Association, and later was involved in promoting the event. JC was very involved with helping any kids that wanted involvement with horses. He traveled the country to help initiate bringing the National High School Rodeo Association Finals to Illinois. He ran the tram service in 2000 at the finals donating his equipment and time. He also promoted the Illinois Junior High School Rodeo Association. He was an operator out of Teamsters Local 965 and Laborers. He was a member of Pheasants Forever and also a habitat coordinator for the organization. He was a member of the Riverton Eagles Club and the VFW on Stockyard RD. He was the owner/operator of J.C. Petitt Excavating. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. JC was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Fred Petitt Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pat; a daughter, Barbara (Kyle) Walter of Sherman; a daughter, Jamie Petitt of Dawson; granddaughter, Kerstin (Nick) Moore of Riverton; grandson, Zachary Walter of Sherman; granddaughter, Molly Walter of Sherman; grandson, James Colton JC Petitt of Dawson; great-grandson, Dawson Moore of Riverton; and great-granddaughter, Raelyn Moore of Riverton. He is survived by his siblings, Harry (Mary) Petitt of Decatur and sister, Phyllis (Ernie) Willet of Springfield; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family requests memorial donations may be made to the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department.

The visitation will be held at Staab Funeral Home Monday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the funeral will be held at Staab Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Larry Hanson. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.

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