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James R. Mehan

November 14, 1925 - April 12, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – James R. Mehan Sr., 83, of Springfield, formerly of Rochester and Clinton, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital after lengthy illnesses.

He was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Chicago, the son of James F. and Helen Noel Mehan. He married Betty J. White on Aug. 25, 1948.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William J. Mehan.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty J. Mehan of Springfield; four children, Jay P. Mehan of Cordova, Tenn., Janica M. (husband, Brent) Baird of Springfield, James R. Rob Mehan Jr. of Riverton and Jeffery N. (wife, Laura) Mehan of Rochester; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Jean Porter and Mary Jo Martin, both of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

James worked at Sangamo Electric for over 20 years. He managed Open Hearth Restaurant in Clinton and retired from the state of Illinois Department of Corrections in 1992.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of Clinton Presbyterian Church and former member of Third Presbyterian Church in Springfield. He was a lifetime member of Rochester Masonic Lodge and a past member of Ansar Shrine Legion of Honor Drill Team. He graduated from Lanphier High School and attended University of Houston after serving with the Navy in World War II. He was an Illinois State Fair Concessionaire for over 60 years.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until time of Masonic services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Navy and Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.

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