James A. Edgar Sr.

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James Allen Edgar Sr., 76, of Belleville, IL, born December 16, 1942, in St. Louis, MO, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Jim was a 1960 graduate of Belleville Township and a United States Air Force Reserves Veteran. He worked with Marsh Company in Belleville as Director of Sales, and, with Cathy, as owners of The Abbott Company/Marsh Distributing in Milwaukee. Jim was especially proud of the role he played in revolutionizing the packaging industry.

Jim and his soulmate, Cathy, proudly raised a faith-filled, college-educated family, traveled the world, took innumerable midnight cruises under the stars on their boat, laughed every day, and loved each other unconditionally and eternally. Jim loved their lake house and all the memories created there, a Little Knights football coach, a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none, a boat captain who relished slinging his grandkids off of the tube, a stealth dominoes winner (cheater), the luckiest nickel slot winner, a passionate debater of politics, a Green Bay Packer Backer, and the most good-hearted, fun-loving, optimistic man we knew.

To those who loved him, he was Jimmy, Petey, Dad, Papa, Papa Boat, Herman, Crooked Arm, co-CEO and benevolent dictator of our family corporation, amiable friend, caring brother, devoted son, adored grandfather, cherished father and passionate, loving husband.

Most of all, Jim was God’s child, and his faith in Christ sustained him throughout his life. He faced death unafraid, with no regrets, and happy to finally go home. Our world has lost a good man, but we know where he is – in heaven with his God and his loved ones, joyfully waiting for us to join him with three shouts of “Hip Hip Hurray!”

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne L. Edgar and Genevieve, nee Sculley, Edgar; his father-in-law, Paul Kuehner; his mother-in-law, Martha, nee Gillies, Kuehner; one son-in-law, Daniel Whelan; and brother-in-law, Donald Heidorn.

Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine (nee Kuehner), whom he married on May 4, 1963; his children, Constance (Jonathan) Lanaghan; James (Lisa) Edgar, Jr.; Laura (the late Daniel) Edgar Whelan; and John/Jack (Kristen) Edgar;  12 grandchildren, Shea and Victoria Lanaghan; Boston, Brookelyn and Kennedy Edgar; Catherine (Phillip) Evans, Nicholas (Taylour) Whelan; Mary Margaret and Jane Whelan; Paxton, Mitchell and William Edgar; and great grandchildren, Alexandra and Madeline Evans; his siblings, Wayne (Jeanne) Edgar, Jr.; Lynne Heidorn; Elaine (Michael) Reagan; Sue (Gene) Koch; Ronald Edgar; sisters-in- law, Paula (Leonard) Bayens and Mary (Jon) Matson; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to Pedal the Cause, 9288 Dielman Industrial Dr., Olivette, MO 63132; Whole Kids Outreach, 62143 Hwy. 21, Ellington, MO 63638; the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, 6 Executive Dr., Ste. 2, Fairview Heights, IL 62208; or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220.Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, August 5, 2019, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 5, 2019, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Carl Scherrer officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on James A. Edgar Sr.

Ken Tribout said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Jim. Wayne, and Kenny Moyer were my football coaches one year in Little Knights. We went undefeated and never even came close to losing because of their coaching abilities, especially Jim. But it is how we were treated and how they treated everyone as equals that helped to set me on a path to be like them. He didn't see color or size, he saw ability and even if you didn't have it which I didn't he put you in a position to succeed. I became a coach years later, different sport (hockey) but I knew how just from watching Jim. I can only hope that my kids see me the way that I saw Jim and someday they will carry on his legacy like I did. There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying then to see a young man years later and to have him still call you coach. With a heavy heart and much love so long Coach.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jeff Cheatham said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2019 at 1:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Cathy and family. Jim was a good man, friend, Co-worker and business associate. I treasure many memories from Marsh and dinners in Whitefish Bay with Jim & Cathy. He loved his family dearly and was a joy to have fun with and be around. I will miss him while remembering him fondly. I will raise a glass and shed one Irish tear like the story he once told me. ??❤️

  • St. Charles
  • IL
Joe Reichert said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2019 at 9:09 PM

I never actually met JIm, but am friend and classmate of his brother Wayne. This is absolutely the most uplifting obituary I have read in my lifetime.. I have taken pride in only trying to be half as good, But his entire family must take pride in a life well lived. Condolences to them, but God speed to Jim. JMR

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carron Bean said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2019 at 5:19 AM

Csthy and Kids ..so sorry to hear about Jim.. praying and thinking of all of you.

  • Ballwin
  • Mo

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