James Neeman

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It is with immense sadness that the family of James Nicholas Neeman, known to many of his friends as “Slim”, 58, of Freeburg, IL, born October 8, 1959, at Christian Welfare Hospital, East St. Louis, IL, passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

A 1978 graduate of Cahokia High School and a 1980 graduate of Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL, Jim excelled in baseball and basketball.  The consummate competitor, Jim was always ready to participate in many other sports and games with his friends and family.  Willing to help everyone, he will always be remembered by his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit.  Jim worked in many capacities for Bel-O Sales and Service for 31 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin A. Neeman Sr; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John P. and Joyce A., nee Shellman, Welzbacher; and a sister-in-law, Cindy Easter.

Surviving are his loving wife of 31 years, Susan, nee Welzbacher, Neeman;
his beloved son, Jake Neeman;
his mother, Mary Ann, nee Minchich, Neeman;
siblings, Calvin Jr. (Carol) Neeman, Lori (Louis) Wray, Susanne (Kevin) Graham, and Paul Neeman;
sisters-in-law, Patti (Bob) Miller and Christy (Jim) Lugge;
and brother-in-law, John (Megan) Welzbacher.

Jim will be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate in Jim’s name to a charity of their choice, or to the Jim Neeman Benefit at First Bank of Waterloo for incurred medical expenses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Family and friends whose lives have been touched by Jim are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Bruce Keseman officiating.

Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


11 Comments on James Neeman

Scott Westbrook said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2018 at 2:10 AM

The Westbrook Family is going to miss Jimmy. Remember all the great times our families had in the neighborhood. He used to play ball in the yard with us and hoops all the time growing up. Thoughts, prayers and love to the Neeman family.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Harold Mitchell said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Sue and Family, You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you as go through this difficult time in your life. Harold and Pete

  • St Louis
  • MO
John Sykes said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

My sympathies and prayers to your family for your loss. John Sykes

  • Columbia
  • IL
John & Sandy Schrock said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Sue & Jake, we are so sorry to hear the news about Jimmy! May he rest in peace and be your guardian Angel.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Jerry Harrington said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2018 at 10:18 PM

I had the pleasure to work with Slim for 16 years. Slim had a heart as big as The Gateway Arch. He would do absolutely anything to help his friends. And he would make me giggle on almost a daily basis. That boy had a great sense of humor ! I am going to miss my buddy! RIP Slim !! Your loss will be felt by so many for so many years to come !!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Trudy Boaz said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Sue, I will always remember Jims humor and kind soul . Prayers to you and your family. Cheers to Jim!

  • Bellevilee
  • Il
Robert Folen said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Sue and Jake - I am sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers - you are both very special people. God Bless, Bob

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Debra Clyne (Harkins) said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2018 at 2:58 AM

Susanne and family, My deepest sympathies are with you. I’m so sorry for your loss. God bless you now and always. My prayers are with you. Debra Clyne (Harkins)

  • Wilwood
  • MO
Mike Augustine said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2018 at 3:21 PM

The Augustine family sends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Neeman Family. May God give you the peace that you seek. May Jimmy’s soul Rest In Peace!

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Ken McBride said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Jimmy will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Troy
  • Il
Jean Brauer said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Sue and Jake -my heart goes out to you both during this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace. Jean

  • Germantown
  • Il

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