In Memoriam : James Bixler, JR.

James Bixler, JR. James Emil Bixler, JR. - age: 77
(August 13, 1937 to January 11, 2015 )
Resident of Christopher, Illinois

Visitation Information:
FUNERAL SERVICES: 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015
Leffler - Poulson Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812


VISITATION: Noon to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015
Leffler - Poulson Funeral Home
401 East Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

Obituary:
James Emil Bixler, Jr., age 77, of Christopher passed away at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton with Rev. Rod Joplin and Rev. Arthur Joplin officiating. Burial with full military honors by the United States Air Force will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon Thursday until the funeral hour at 2:00 p.m. at the Leffler – Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.

Mr. Bixler was born August 13, 1937 in Eldorado, the son of James Emil Bixler and Mildred Marie (Joplin) Bixler.

James served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post # 9233 in Mount Vernon, IL. After retiring from the Air Force he worked on top as a coal miner, and later sold insurance. He was a “die hard” Cubs fan and was excited and hopeful about the upcoming baseball season. He enjoyed playing and competing at golf on the computer, and he loved to fish.

He was of the Church of God faith.

Most of all he loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his six children: Roger and Kathy Bixler of Mt. Vernon, Jim and Penny Bixler of West Frankfort, Debbie and Mike Joslin of Christopher, Victor Bixler of Mt. Vernon, Carl and Carol Bixler of Springfield, Lyn McKay of Irvington; his significant other Deanna Casagrande of Christopher; eight grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; one brother Donnie Bixler of Benton, two sisters: Pat and Curt Pinion of Herrin and Judy and John Ramage of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronnie Bixler, and a great-grandson.

Memorial contributions can be made in honor of James Emil Bixler, Jr. to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road – Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences to the family or to share memories of James, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com








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