James was member of the Teamsters Local # 50. He was a truck driver for Rank Lumber and Hardware, O’Neil Lumber Co., and Mechanics Planning Mill. James was a United States Army veteran. He enjoyed road trips, playing slot machines, and hunting. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. and Loretta, nee May, Rank; a sister, Loretta Gregorich; brothers-in-law, Carl Gregorich, Donald Hall, Charles Nager, Robert Brinker; and a nephew, Christopher Gregorich.
Surviving are his wife, June M., nee Nager, Rank;
three daughters, Linn M. (George) Lebonick, Judith P. (Mark) Greenfield, and Mary K. (Steven) Downen;
six grandchildren, Andrew (Jennifer) Greenfield, Jorin Lebonick (Fiancée Cara Moore), Lindy (Paul) McGuire, Nicholas (Lindsey) Greenfield, and Erin (Michael) Schnieder;
seven great-grandchildren; Logan, Ruth, Eleanor, Colton, Lucille, and Charles Greenfield, and Juniper McGuire;
a sister, M. Patricia Hall;
a sister-in-law, Nancy J. Brinker;
and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL.
Funeral: A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, October 9, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, with Reverend Nicholas Greenfield officiating.
Burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.