James "Jim" Sheley

  • Born: May 4, 1931
  • Died: November 6, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

James "Jim" Joseph Sheley, 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

Jim was born on May 4, 1931 in Sterling, the son of Orin J. and Bess D. (Spaulding) Sheley. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married Rose Elgin on June 16, 1956 in Sterling. Jim worked at RB & W for 31 years. He was an avid reader. He loved to sit outside, feed the birds and drink his coffee, and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Most of all, Jim was a family man and cherished the time he spent with his loved ones.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rose; six children, James (Debra) Sheley of Rock Falls, William (Louise) Sheley of Sterling, Paul (Lynne) Sheley of Sterling, Joseph (Sheri) Sheley of Sterling, Cynthia (the late Leonard) Pritchard of Rock Falls and Audrey (Leon) Creekpaum of Glenpool, OK; one sister, Dolly Anselmo of Sterling; one brother, Orin W. Sheley of Sterling; seventeen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Joan Hemminger and Audrey Sheley.

Visitation will be Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, 1002 12th Avenue. There will be a private family service and graveside held.

Memorials may be made to Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim & Debbie , so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love & miss you guys!! Give Rose a big hug for me!

Posted by Lonnie & Candi Parks - Rock falls, IL - Friend   November 12, 2019

Paul, Lynne and all the Sheley's,
Just want you to know how sorry I am for your loss but I know this is just the next phase in Mr. Sheley's journey, one filled with no pain and constant joy and praises. I'm praying for all of you to find peace. Forever friends Fran Riney ❤

Posted by Fran Riney - Sterling, IL - Family Friend   November 11, 2019

Jim(Pops)is the sweetest,most caring soul we have ever known.He will be missed,such a blessing to have known him and spend some time with him b4 going to Jesus.His sweetness has passed down to his children.Love u all.

Posted by Sam & Sue Sodaro - Summerdale, AL - Family Friend   November 11, 2019

Jim was a classmate of mine and I was in touch with him a couple of years ago and had a lengthy conversation. My sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Betty Lendman Segneri Arnold - Peoris, IL - Classmate   November 09, 2019

Audrey, so sorry to hear about your dad. With all your stories you shared I felt like I knew him. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Eve Brownlie - Broken Arrow, OK - Friend   November 08, 2019

So very sorry that I will not be able to make the visitation. My shut-in brother has a birthday that day and I always get him for two days. I remember Jim as a very sweat and kind man. I have missed seeing him and Rose come into church and hug or shake hands with everyone. So very sorry for your loss-all of our loss- of such a nice man. Thinking of you all, sending love.

Posted by Lynne Drew - Dixon, IL - Friend   November 08, 2019