Stewart E. "Stew" James
Sherman – Stewart E. “Stew” James, 82, of Sherman, IL, passed away at his home on July 22, 2012. He was born on November 26, 1929 in Springfield, IL, the only child of the late Charles and Helen G. James. He married Betty L. Loafman on March 26, 1950.
He attended school in Missouri and after his family moved to Springfield, he graduated from Lanphier High School in 1948. During his high school days he was a member of the Lanphier Lions baseball team.
He worked at Franklin Life Insurance Co. in the Univac department in several capacities until taking over the family business, Spillway Bowling Lanes, in 1962. His son, David, later joined the business. Spillway was destroyed by fire in 1984. An existing bowling alley was purchased in 1985 and became the new Spillway Bowling Lanes. He was inducted into the Springfield Bowlers Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Illinois Bowlers Hall of Fame in 2004. He served in a variety of positions within the bowling community.
He enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, dancing, dogs, hot rods and motorcycles. He was an avid Cubs fan. He was always helping others, never met a stranger, happy to buy you a beer and talk bowling. He loved his family, adored his grandchildren and enjoyed a special relationship with his great-granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife Betty; a son, David James of Camdenton, MO; a daughter, Sandra K. James and son-in-law, Bruce R. Angleman of Williamsville; five Grandchildren, Alexander James (Lisa Coe), Nicole James, Anastasia James, Emerson James, Ashley James and a Great-Granddaughter, Jailynn Marissa James.
Visitation: 10 a.m.-12 Noon, Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 12 Noon, Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Memorial Home Services Hospice, 720 N. Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702; Alzheimer’s Association, 2921 Greenbriar Dr., Springfield, IL 62704; or any organization of your choice.
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Betty...please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of James. I have such fond memories growing up with him so many years ago. Margie
Betty, I hope you remember me. I am the daughter of Buster and Elinora Lawonn. We bowled at the lanes when they were on Sangamon Avenue. I believe there were only8 lanes and there was no automatic pin machine. It doesn't seem possible things have changed so much. Stu was a wonderful man and he made me laugh a lot. I know Mom and Dad will give him a big welcome when they see him. May the Lord be with you thru these hard times when you are missing him. All my sympathy to you and David. Bonnie
alicia marta posted on 7/26/12
To The Entire James Family I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Stew. For many many years my friends and i bowled @ Spillway Lanes out on MacAthur.. We were involved in the Special Olympics here in town and that was the choice for bowling alleys.. I was saddened when Spillway Lanes closed several years ago.. I lost touch with the James family after the closing.. But it was an honor knowing both Stew & Son David.. May you cheerish all the good times and the many memories you have of Stew. May Stew Rest in Peace & Never Be Forgotten!!