Born: June 1, 1928 - Deceased: February 21, 2023
The “Last Man Standing” from Central Catholic High School, Class of 1946, James John Threlkeld Sr., 94, passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side, at his residence in Belleville, IL. He was born in East St. Louis on Friday, June 1, 1928, and passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
Jim served in the U.S. Army in occupied Japan post WW2. After college, he worked in insurance sales with State Farm Insurance Company until the age of 70, as well as in real estate investments until the age of 85. Jim married the love of his life, Charlette, on January 31, 1953. He was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Smithton, IL, Elks Club, and Jr Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim’s adventures took him all around the world. He also loved hunting, fishing, playing tennis and cards for many years. Amazingly, Jim and Charlette were able to celebrate 70 years of marriage January 31, 2023 with his many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Son: James John, Jr.
- Daughter: Diane Marie
- Parents: Charles and Josephine, nee Wessel
- Brother: Charles
- Sister: Joan Weinel
Surviving are his:
- Wife: Charlette Ann, nee Mongan, Threlkeld of Belleville, IL
- 9 children:
- David (Monica) Threlkeld
- Charlie (Debbie) Threlkeld
- Mona (Nick Hughes) Threlkeld
- Mary Helen (Chuck) O’Leary
- Elizabeth Jo Threlkeld
- Patrick (Laura Goodloe) Threlkeld
- Annie (Mike) D’Addio
- Mike (Emma Nabb) Threlkeld
- Brian (Kristin) Threlkeld
- 13 grandchildren:
- Meagan (Mike) McGarry
- Alison (Joe) Mark
- David (Antonia) Threlkeld Jr.
- Joseph (Kelsey) Threlkeld
- Chas (Louise) Threlkeld
- Dr. Diane Threlkeld
- Charlie O’Leary
- Dr. Emily Kamen
- John (Kelsey Weinkoetz) Kamen
- Alyssa Kamen
- Vinny D’Addio
- Jack Threlkeld
- James John Threlkeld III
- 8 great grandchildren
- brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jim and Ann (Mongan) Wachtel
- Many nieces and nephews
Jim was a tough guy with a soft heart. He loved his family, especially his wife, and was so proud of all of them, near and far. Jim was a gifted businessman and his opinion was sought and valued by many.
The Threlkeld family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to BJC Hospice and the many caregivers who have assisted through the last years. To the many visitors in the past few years, Jim is now “below the grass”. We now know he is above the clouds and always in our hearts. He will be so missed.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the St. John the Baptist School 109 Stoerger Street, Smithton, IL. 62285.
Visitation: Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 8:00 pm Monday February 27, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL and Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Belleville, IL with Fr. Stan Konieczny officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, IL.