James Wilkinson

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James S. “Jim” Wilkinson, 81, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Belleville, IL, born September 25, 1939, in East St. Louis, IL, died Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Wilkinson was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Belleville, IL.  He worked for American Zinc as a metal stripper, for Equitable Life Insurance Company as a salesman, and eventually he owned his own appraisal business, Wilkinson Appraisal. He also drove a school bus for the Special School District. Jim treasured good times at his clubhouse, boating, and water skiing.  He enjoyed his trips to the casino, playing cards, watching movies, listening to music, and dancing.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Norman A. and Margaret Ann, nee Shannon, Wilkinson; two sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Albrecht and Sharon “Sherry” Davidson; and a son-in-law, Ronald Contratto.

Surviving are a son, Jeff (Ozzy Pascual) Wilkinson; a daughter, Jennifer Contratto; the mother of his children, Sandie, nee Menendez, Wilkinson (Gerry) Seger; three grandchildren, Sandie (Brian) Knopps, Joey Contratto, and Katie Contratto; two great-grandchildren, Lilli and Liam Knopps; two sisters, Jayne (Richard) Kress, and Norma (Steve) Lester; a brother-in-law; Irwin Albrecht; many nieces and nephews; and his furever family, Latte, Nima, and Bella.

Memorials may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, or to Partner’s 4 Pets. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 12, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Gene Neff officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



6 Comments on James Wilkinson

Bonnie Runner said : Guest Report Mar 15, 2021 at 12:31 PM

So Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He worked for Dave my husbandf for a good number of years and they had good times together. As we all did. Our condolences go out to the family. God bless

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Norma Lester said : Guest Report Mar 12, 2021 at 5:13 PM

I will miss you so much brother and I will always be your little poop pot ?

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Edward Shannon said : Guest Report Mar 11, 2021 at 9:58 PM

Jayne,Norma,Jeff and JenniferWe are so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Jim. He will be missed. love you all

  • troy
  • il
Susan (Bollman) Perez said : Guest Report Mar 11, 2021 at 7:35 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, Norma. I am sure you have many wonderful memories.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Greg Norris said : Guest Report Mar 10, 2021 at 8:23 PM

Even though we are cousins, I will always remember you as "Uncle" Jim. And I always picture you in my mind with a big smile. Thanks for taking us water skiing when I was a kid. I hope they have a boat for you in heaven! Love, Greg

  • Sioux Falls
  • SD
Terry Schwar said : Guest Report Mar 10, 2021 at 4:18 PM

A good friend RIP Jim We had some good times?

  • Bradenton
  • Florida

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