James H. "PJ" Timko
James “PJ” Timko, husband and father, passed away at home in Spaulding, IL on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. At the grand age of 91.
PJ was born August 28, 1928 in Springfield, IL to his parents, Katherine (Richards) Muir and Henry Timko. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Richard Muir.
He was baptized by Father Patrick Joseph (P.J.) O’Reilly at St. Joseph’s Parish. Thus acquiring his lifelong nickname of “PJ”.
He attended Lanphier High School until age 17 when he joined the Navy Reserves (January 1946 to August 1946) and then enlisted in the Navy (February 1948 to February 1952) during the time of the Korean War.
After his military service, he married Donna Curry on June 14, 1952 with Reverend H. M. Hildebrandt of Third Presbyterian Church officiating.
He worked at Sangamo Electric for 32 years until it closed, at which time he began working for the State of Illinois. He worked for various agencies within the State of Illinois including the Dept of Agriculture and ultimately worked as a Stationary Engineer with the Dept of Transportation until age 71, when he finally retired.
He was a member of both the American Legion, Post 32, and the Northenders Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10302. He was also a Precinct committeeman for over 40 years . One of PJ’s favorite saying was, “If you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything” and he never had a bad word to say about anyone.
He was preceded in death by his oldest son Richard in June of 1989 and his wife Donna in April of 2012 after 60 years of marriage. He is survived by his sons: Douglas Timko and Keith Timko; granddaughter: Jennifer Stanley; great-granddaughters: Jacquelyn Rhodes, Renee Rhodes, and Paige Stanley; great great-grandsons: Bryson Gottschalk & Sterling Claypool; and numerous cousins.
Funeral Services are 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL with Reverend Dr. John Shear officiating. Friends & Family are free to visit an hour before the service. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Animal Protective League.
CDC COVID-19 Protocol will be followed.