James E. Book, 94, of Batavia formerly of Fairfield, IL passed away January 31, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Barnhill, IL October 15, 1925 the son of Ira and Rena (Cravens) Book. He was united in marriage to Helen Gray on June 12, 1949 in Burnt Prairie, IL.
James honorably served in the United States Navy during WWII as a corpsman. Following the war, he joined his father working at the family business Books Tin Shop in Fairfield, IL. In 1960 he began his career with the State of Illinois Department of Revenue. In 1964 James moved his young family to Batavia, IL and continued to grow in his career. In his pastime James would be found on the golf course where he achieved three hole-in-ones, spending time with his beloved wife and family, camping or his involvement with the Kane County Car Club. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Batavia.
He is survived by his wife Helen; daughters, Sallie (Jerry) Thomas and Lisa (Bruce) Hohmann; six grandchildren, Kyle Hohmann, Kellie (Matt) Myers, Sarah (John) Gilmore, Rachel (John) Nast, Caleb Hohmann, Matt (Laura) Thomas; ten great-grandchildren, Jake and Will Hohmann, Micah, Joel, Sam, and Lilly Gilmore, Tripp and Beck Thomas, and Levi and Elise Nast; one sister, Shirley Bell of Fairfield and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his three brothers, George, John, and Fred Book and two sisters, Katie Black and Martha Lou Phillips.
A Visitation will be held 2:00 P.M until 4:00 P.M. Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. in Batavia, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Nale’s Funeral Home in Fairfield. A Visitation will be held at Nale’s Funeral Home from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery with full military rites.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Honor Flight P.O. Box L 416 Columbus, OH 43260-4016 or www.honorflight.org and can be accepted at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com.
Nale’s Funeral Home of Fairfield and Moss Family Funeral Home of Batavia are assisting the family.
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