James R. Eggen, 79, of Joy, Illinois died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois.
Funeral services are 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15th at Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo with visitation prior to the service, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Interment will be at a later date in Peniel Cemetery, Joy. Memorials may be left for Mercer County 4-H.
Jim was born September 14, 1937 in Monmouth, Illinois a son of Henry Russell and Evelyn Olson Eggen. He graduated from Joy High School. On April 5, 1957, he married Rose Ann Dixon in Joy. They were married until her death on November 6, 2015. Jim retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after working there for over 30 years and also farmed for many years. He was a member of the Illinois City Saddle Club. Jim and Rose loved horses; they went trail riding, competed in rodeos and raised registered quarter horses. For several years, they performed around the area in a country music band. Jim also enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Sherie (Scott) Thorndike, Joy, IL, Sharon (Randy) Coopman, New Windsor, IL and Becky (Rick) Schulte, St. Rose, IL; 7 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter and siblings: Carol Churchwell, New Windsor, IL and Mike Eggen, Joy, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Online condolences may be left at www.dennisonfuneralhome.com.