James J. Kaney, 84, died on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Manor Court in Liberty Village, Freeport.
He was born in Freeport on Sept. 25, 1929 the son of Walter and Florence (Schreiber) Kaney.
He attended Forreston High School.
He served our country in the United States Army and completed one tour of duty in the Korean War.
Jim was married to Joan Miller on Sept. 14, 1958 and they raised four children.
Jim was the fifth generation of the Kaney family to farm the original homestead where he raised corn, soybeans, and sheep.
In the early 2000s the Kaney farm was honored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a Sesquicentennial Farm.
He was a quiet man, devoted farmer, and hard worker.
He enjoyed hunting and traveling to the national parks.
Jim’s faith was very important to him. He was an active member of North Grove Evangelical Church where he served as an elder, adult Sunday School teacher and member of the cemetery committee.
He was also a member of Gideon’s International and the Illinois Sheep Breeders Association.
He is survived by his daughter, Pamela (Raymond) Wunderlich and their daughter, Lauren, Vernon Hills, and by his son, John (Jacqueline) Kaney and their daughter, Jennifer, Davis.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; Joan; and his daughters, Kathy Kaney and Susan Kaney; his brother, Warren Kaney; and his sister, Ruth Beckman.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at North Grove Evangelical Church, 10384 W. Coffman Road, Forreston. Rev. Tim Hotchkiss will officiate.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home, 203 S. Third Ave., Forreston.
A memorial in the name of James J. Kaney is being established at Gideon’s International.
Visit www.burketubbs.com to sign the online guestbook.