James Leonard Nation
SPRINGFIELD – James Leonard Jim Nation, 83, of Springfield died at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice.
He was born June 13, 1926, in Springfield, the son of Everett A. and Susie Robertson Nation.
He married Joanna Manger; she preceded him in death in 1983. He then married Mary Ann Dillingham Miller in 1988.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leo, Thomas and Howard Nation; and a sister, Eleanor Bender.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Nation of Springfield; a daughter, Cynthia (husband, A.G.) Taylor of Springfield; a son, Gary L. (wife, Mary) Nation of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and a stepson, Ronald E. (wife, Terri) Miller of Arvada, Colo.; six grandchildren, Paul, Aaron and Greg Nation, Jannah (husband: Jeff) Nation-Crocker, and Jared and Lynlea Taylor; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Delores Ingram of Williamsville, Virginia Renfro of Loami and Neva Ann (husband, Pat) Walsh of Chatham; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He worked for Vredenburgh Lumber Company and was secretary/treasurer of Evans Construction Company. He also worked for the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II in the South Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Blue Ridge. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon. Following retirement he enjoyed the RV lifestyle and spent 14 winters in Texas. He was also a member of the Lions Club and worked with Habitat for Humanity.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Merrill officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or Habitat for Humanity.