James Hillesheim

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James B. Hillesheim, 89, of Nashville, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born May 14, 1934, in Freeburg, IL, died Thursday, January 18, 2024, at his residence.

Mr. Hillesheim worked as a bricklayer for Union Local #8 before his retirement. He was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. James was a United States Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith, nee Gilbert, Hillesheim; his parents, Frank and Catherine, nee Reiniger, Hillesheim; three brothers, Maurice Hillesheim, Donald Hillesheim, and David (Wanda) Hillesheim; a grandson, Anthony Hillesheim; and a son-in-law, Martin Manion.

He is survived by a son, Charles (Joannie) Hillesheim;
a daughter, Julie Manion;
four grandchildren, Hillary, Holly, Cutler, and Jodi;
a granddaughter-in-law, Kim Hillesheim;
14 great-grandchildren;
a sister-in-law, Melba Hillesheim;
a brother-in-law, Gary Gilbert;
nieces and nephews;
and his close friends, the Hoepker Family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washington County Senior Services. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 26, 2024, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2024, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on James Hillesheim

A.Dennis Sparger said : Guest Report Mar 16, 2024 at 1:42 PM

Jim was one of the nicest persons one could ever meet. Always cheerful. His only character flaw was adding ice to an already cold beer. I met him in 1966 when we both played in the Sam Andria Quartet. Several years later, when Sam left, we formed Three Bags Full and, with Rich Jones, played for several years at Fischer's Restaurant. By the 80s my focus turned to another direction and we lost touch, but I'll never forget Jim's deep love for family, including his beloved wife Judy. Friend, may you rest in Heaven with the angels.

  • IL
Anne Cicero said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2024 at 9:08 PM

It's with sadness that I just found out that you have passed. I wish I had known sooner I could have come to see you one last time. You and Judy were a wonderful couple, and her and your friendship meant a lot to me, as well as Chip and Julie. I have many fond memories of you, even saying hello as I started to walk down the aisle of my wedding. You couldn't stay but you came anyway! May God bless and comfort you. Chip and Julie, may you find peace.

  • St. Jacob
  • Illinois
Mani/Michelle Zendejas said : Guest Report Jan 25, 2024 at 6:36 PM

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jim's family and many friends. He was a wonderful man of steadfast character who we knew and loved for over 40 years. Our continued prayers for peace and comfort through God's unending grace remains for those whose lives he touched. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

  • Melbourne
  • FL
Brian Jacquot said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2024 at 5:36 PM

Chip and Julie, Thinking of you during this most difficult time. Your father was always a gracious and dignified man. Brian

  • Peoria
  • IL
Frank and Laurie (Knolhoff) Vollmer said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2024 at 11:13 AM

Chip, We are so sorry on the loss of your dad. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Fr Tom Barrett said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 10:28 AM

Chip, Julie..In absence of being able to physically join with you, be assured of my prayer

  • Eldorado
  • IL
Ronald Mitchell said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2024 at 6:19 AM

I’m thankful for years of friendship and brotherhood in music. He loved his music. After years of friendship his daughter married my stepson Marty which made us related and family. God bless you Jim. After living in this scary world, peace is here.🙏🏻❤️🎶

  • Belleville
  • Il
Laurel Rettle said : Guest Report Jan 21, 2024 at 5:54 PM

Mr. H. Was a neighborhood icon growing up. Chip and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a lovely man. I am so glad I saw him at Adam‘s wedding. My deepest sympathies, Laurel.

  • Gilbert
  • AZ

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