Born: - Deceased: December 28, 2021
Jimmy “Bevo” Calvin Bivens, 85, of Caseyville, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
Jim was the first baby born in Saint Louis, MO, in 1936 to Everett and Lucille (Newton) Bivens. Jim lived a lifetime of hard work, dedication, and fun. He was a man of service, serving his town, country, and most importantly, his family.
Jim was a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War. He then married the love of his life, Jeanine. They recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Jim led a dedicated career with the Illinois State Police for 30 years. Following his retirement, he started Jim Bivens’ Investigations, which he ran for 26 years.
During his lifetime, Jim devoted his time, energy, and talents to the Caseyville VFW, where he served as commander (five years), as well as the Village of Caseyville (Trustee 20 years). Additionally, he volunteered on numerous committees, clubs, and organizations.
In between his work, Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved taking his kids and grandchildren fishing, hunting, and traveling. He and Jeanine visited 46/50 states and several trips abroad, though his most cherished times were spent with his family on the beach in Orange Beach, AL, a place that had his infinite love. He was loved, trusted, and cherished by many.
He was preceded in death by his:
- John Bivens
- Bill Bivens
Surviving are his:
- Loving wife: Jeanine, nee Wingerter, Bivens
- 4 children
- Jimmy W. (Linda) Bivens
- Susan Dieu
- Patrick Bivens
- David (Christine) Bivens
- 9 grandchildren
- Jaclynn (Steven) Moore
- Ashley Bivens
- Brandon (Kristen) Dieu
- Brienne (Ryan) Cason
- Taylor Bivens
- Brhett (Christopher) Willis
- Erin Bivens
- Jenna Bivens
- Kelsey Bivens
- 10 great-grandchildren
- 2 brothers
- Jack (Kay) Bivens
- Robert (Martha) Bivens
- 2 sisters
- Ioan Alms
- Linda (Don) Stallman
- Numerous nieces and nephews, and too many friends to name.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Jim can be made to any of the following organizations: Caseyville United Methodist Church in Caseyville, IL, VFW Post 1117, Caseyville, IL, or the Caseyville Volunteer Fire Department.
Visitation: Visitation from 1-6pm, Saturday January 8, 2022 at Kurrus Home in Belleville, IL, with a V.F.W. walk-through at 5pm.
Service: Celebration of Life will be held from 3-7pm, Sunday, January 9, 2022 at VFW Post 1117 in Caseyville, IL. Military honors will be held at 4pm by the U.S. Marines.
Special Thanks: The Bivens family would like to extend a special thank you to the organizations that provided such excellent services and care throughout our journey – Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Family Hospice of Belleville, and the Caseyville Fire and Police Departments.