James Crabill Posted: 2019-06-23 09:41:50


James Crabill, 72, of Union, died peacefully, June 21, 2019 at his home with his family by his side.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 9:00am until the 11:00am service all at First Congregational Church in Huntley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church, Habitat for Humanity or JourneyCare Hospice.
James was born September 30, 1946 in Decatur, Illinois, The son of Darius and Lessie Crabill. He earned his BA in education from Eastern Illinois University and later went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. On June 30, 1973 he married Jann Biesemeier. He was a teacher for 35 years, a job he never really retired from. Jim was an active member of First Congregational Church serving as a Deacon , Trustee and Treasurer for the Church. He enjoyed gardening, reading, and traveling. He belonged to investment clubs and taught investing within those clubs for nearly 20 years. He was a devoted husband, father, uncle and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Jann, sons, Derek (Shauna) Crabill, and Daren (Laura) Crabill; 5 grandchildren, Avery, Adelyn, Noelle, Kyle and Ainsley. He was preceded in death by his parents D.D. and Lessie Crabill and by his brother, Dan.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com

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Steve Gawron - DPC Investment Club 2019-06-23 10:56:00

Jim was a good friend and will be missed by all his friends in the Better Investing community

Bill and Judie Ryman 2019-06-23 12:46:29

Dear Jann and family, We send our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your dear husband and dad. Carry our prayers for HIS comfort and peace. In Christian love, Bill and Judie

Cindy Jackson 2019-06-23 13:08:21

Jann and Family, I was lucky enough to work with Jim at many different times in my teaching career. He was always so supportive and just a good friend. He will be missed.

Mike Mortensen 2019-06-23 14:57:08

Jim was a kind, wonderful, encouraging friend and mentor. I enjoyed learning more about investing from Jim and our numerous conversations over lunch. He will be greatly missed.

Jim Burns 2019-06-23 18:00:08

Jann, I am so very sorry for your deep loss. I always admired and appreciated Jim and he is now was but is a great man both on earth and spiritually. Jim and you are great examples of what a true Christian should be. May God help you in your time of grief which seems to not ever end. We only learn a new way of living a little bit at a time. In December it will be 5 years for me and I know that it takes a lot of time for things to get better. You have a good network of friends and family to support you and that is helpful. I am thankful to know Jim and you too. God's blessings to offer you some comfort more each day. It is the same each day you just won't know that for a long time. Then it seems more later on in the beginning it doesn't seem so much. Jim Burns

Mike Ashby 2019-06-24 22:02:20

Jim will be greatly missed by those of us who had the pleasure of knowing and learning from him in the DPC Investment Club. Please accept my sympathy at your family’s loss. He was a gentleman as well as fine teacher.

Gloria Summerkamp 2019-06-25 10:39:06

Jann and family- I'm so sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in his arms and provide you comfort during this difficult time. And may you also find comfort in all of the great memories you shared together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.