James A. Shanklin, 77, of Varna, died Saturday (June 30, 2018) at Liberty Village Manor Court, Peoria.
Born Sept. 9, 1940, in Streator, to the late Walter and Elsie Holz Shanklin, he graduated as valedictorian from Toluca High School in 1958. Jim served his country in the Army and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1962.
Jim farmed the Shanklin family homestead as a third-generation farmer. For over 25 years he taught school in the Tri-County area as a substitute teacher, umpired high school baseball, softball and summer ball, and was a substitute school bus driver. Jim was a member of Antioch Christian Church, a Mason and Shriner, and was on the local Farm Bureau board for 25 years.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Bunny (Tim) King, Bloomington; sons, Heath Shanklin, Murfreesboro Tenn.; Brooks Shanklin, Peoria; Bryce (Caroline) Shanklin, Nolensville, Tenn.; Hugh (Danielle) Shanklin, Nashville Tenn.; sister, Doris Jean Hull, Fresno, Calif.; brothers, Robert Shanklin, Toluca; Roger (Sheila) Shanklin, Lexington; and 13 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, four brothers and one granddaughter.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Christian Church, Toluca, with the Rev. Bob Idell officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Antioch Christian Church with a Masonic service at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Antioch Christian Cemetery, Toluca, and memorials can be left to Shriners Hospitals, Midland Education Fund or his church.
Condolences can be left at lenzmemorialhome.com.