James W. Pence, 84, of Watseka passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Iroquois Memorial Resident Home in Watseka.
Jim was born on March 3, 1936 in Watseka, IL, the son of Earl and Gertrude (Troup) Pence and they preceded him in death. He married Lucille Deno on May 25, 1957 in Goodland, IN and she preceded him in death on March 3, 2020. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Merwin Pence, and one daughter-in-law, Debbie Pence.
He is survived by four children, Terry (Rhonda) Pence of Watseka, Lynette (Rich) Moyer of Watseka, Mike (Phyllis) Pence of Marshall and Scott (Kelly) Pence of Bourbonnais; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Wanda Pence of Clarksville, IN and several nieces and nephews.
Jim was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, the Watseka Lions Club and the Watseka Elks Club.
Jim and Lucille started Pence Oil Company in 1965 out of their home. They retired in 2005 and enjoyed travel, camping and fishing. They loved spending time with their family, especially their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Private visitation and Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, Watseka Lions Club or Iroquois Memorial Hospice.
Arrangements by Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka.
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