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James "Jim" Schipper

December 25, 1960 July 22, 2019
James "Jim" Schipper
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JAMES “JIM” SCHIPPER, 58, of Hillsdale, IL, died Monday July 22, 2019 at his home.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with Rev. John Byker officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 26th at the funeral Home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery in Fulton. A memorial has been established by the family.

Jim was born December 25, 1960 in Clinton, IA, to Kenneth Schipper and Donna Lynn Juist. He attended Geneseo, IL schools and was a 1979 graduate of Erie High School in Erie, IL. He then attended Blackhawk Community College. Jim worked as a farmer, hauling grain and working on his tractors. He owned and operated his own truck, and drove for Ace Doran Hauling and Rigging. He received the Million Mile Award as a truck driver. Jim loved racing with his family. He enjoyed the mudd boggs at the Bike Barn in Fenton, IL and also drag racing at the Cordova, IL Drag Strip. When Jim was younger he went trail riding and participated in horse shows with his mother. Jim collected and restored Allis Chalmers tractors with his father and family, and had one of the largest collections in the area, with around forty different tractors that he showed at fairs and parades. For many years Jim was with the County Line Cruisers Car Club out of Erie. He was very involved in the community, volunteering and organizing events like movie nights and parades in Hillsdale. He was a man of routines: he went to breakfast everyday at the Pink Pony in Erie, and spent every Sunday night eating Pizza at Bushy’s in Lyndon, IL. He enjoyed socializing with his friends at the Hillsdale Legion, and enjoyed listening to the old country and classic rock on the radio; his favorite band – AC/DC. He would often just jump in his truck to ride around. He loved fireworks and never missed a show. He always made time to see his friends in need, he was a good friend.

Survivors include his daughter, Nicole (Steven Carey) Schipper of Council Bluffs, IA; two sons, Clint (Bailey Kizer) Schipper of Port Byron IL and James (Emma Rannfeldt) Jamison of Camanche, IA; five grandchildren, Aubrey Carey, Carter Schipper, Brooklyn Goff, Tateum and Nova Jamison; his parents, Donna Henningsen of Morris, IL and Kenneth (Eileen) Schipper of Cordova, IL; sister, Sue (Keith) Rezin of Morris, IL; two step brothers, Jamey and Jason Vermeire; special friends, Kathy, Danny and Mary Stevens, Brian Rundall and Vince Mosher.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Jenny Schipper; Gerald and Dorothy Juist.


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