James Elwin Styck Sr., 88, of Watseka passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. He was born on January 10, 1932 in Enos, IN, the son of James Elsworth and Francis (Parks) Styck. James married Ruby (Lee) Styck on November 17, 1949 in Kankakee, IL and she preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Audrey; a son, Russell; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Helen Brown; a great-granddaughter, Anna; and a son-in-law, John.
He is survived by one son James Jr. (Kathy) Styck of Watseka; two daughters Cindy (Randy) Trumble of Watseka and Denise (Robin) Scherch of Maryland; nine grandchildren Elaina, Jamie, Dustin, Darcey, Deanna, Janessa, Bethany, Tabitha and Lori; ten great-grandchildren Stephanie, Quinten, Kourtney, Gwendolynn, Clay, Kinzie, Bronson, Parker, Tyler and Alexandra; his beloved dog, Molly; and many nieces and nephews.
James was an Iroquois County Deputy Sheriff for 20 years, amongst previous Law Enforcement positions in Kankakee County. He also worked for UARCO for 16 years, where he was an Electrician. James was a Bulldozer Operator for his father’s company. From 1949-1952, James served in the Civil Air Patrol. He enjoyed shooting guns, metal detecting, flying planes, and was a member of the Sheldon Masonic Lodge.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 10:00am until the 12:00pm Masonic funeral rites, followed by the funeral service, at Baier Funeral Home in Watseka. Burial will follow at Prairie Dell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family’s wishes.
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