James "Jim" Ralph West Jr.

October 17, 1943 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

James "Jim" West Jr. Obituary

James “Jim” Ralph West Jr., 80, of Marion and formerly of Carterville, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2023, at his home.

He was born October 17, 1943, in Kokomo, Indiana, to James Ralph and Betty L. (Ruby) West Sr. He married the love of his life, Mary Margaret Sullivan, on May 8, 1965, in Springfield, Illinois. She preceded him in death on September 9, 1995.

Jim is survived by his children, James Matthew (Stacie) West, Carrie Sutherd (fiancé, Steve McBride), and Kelly (Jim) Whitehouse; grandchildren, Halley Shae West, Mary Delaney Sutherd, Gwendolyn Shea Sutherd, Mary Rian Whitehouse, Rowan James Whitehouse, Ciara Franke, and Garret Fusco; great-grandchildren, Gregory Joseph Cotton, Reese Cotton, Kionne Dent, and Kinslee Dent; sisters, Barbara Fehr and Margie Peterson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Jim started his career as an electrician in 1967 with Egizii Electric and retired in 2015.  He was the President of Sullivan Electric for over 27 years.

Jim was a member of the NECA IBEW and served on the Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee Board.  Jim also served on the School Board for Carterville Unit 5. 

He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion.

He enjoyed being out on the water-either boating or skiing. The last time he water skied was at the age of 70.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Residential Hospice.

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Pawnee, Illinois, at a later date. Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville assisted the family with cremation services. 

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