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Norman “Jim” Voots

Norman James “Jim” Voots , age 90, of 1701 N. 12th, Quincy, died Monday, December 4, 2017, at 7:40 pm in Illinois Veterans Home.

Norman "Jim" Voots | Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors, Quincy, ILJim was born February 12, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Joseph G. and Helen Young Voots. On November 13, 1948 he married Helen Bernice Williams in Pittsfield, Illinois. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2002.

Jim was a graduate of Quincy High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 as a part of the 71st Army Grand Forces Band. He served eight months in the Panama Canal Zone.

Jim was employed by the U.S. Post Office for 36 years, until his retirement in 1985. He was an accomplished musician playing the tuba, bass fiddle, and guitar. Jim was one of the last remaining founding members of the Heidelberg German Band in Quincy. Playing in the German band was one of his greatest passions. Jim enjoyed camping and was a member of Loners on Wheels.

Survivors include five children, Linda (Kevin) McGee of Chatham, Illinois, Pam (Ray) Voots-Edwards of Springfield, IL, Kathy (Shane) Highberger of Fort Morgan, CO, Lisa (Raul) Villarreal of Surprise, AZ, and James Voots of Tallula, IL; seven grandchildren, Shayna Jansen, Heather Wedow, Jayme Howland, Abby (Ted) Ruiz, Justin Highberger, and Nicholas and Melina Villarreal; three great grandchildren, Eadeoun Jansen, Gabriel Wedow, and Addalyn and Teddy Ruiz; several step-grandchildren; a brother, David Voots of Joliet, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard J. Voots.

Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Disseler officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #37.

Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Jim was a great guy. Gone, but not forgotten. I played in the German Band with him for many years. Oh, the memories from the many trips and dance jobs we played. Voots Family, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all At this time.

  2. My love to all of the family. I wish I could be there with you. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Jim, and will always treasure them. I can picture him, now, playing the tuba with the Heidelberg Band, or with all of us at the Mississippi Grill, making the poor waitstaff really earn their tips, and, later in life, being a loving caregiver for dear Aunt Helen. Again, my love to all!

  3. Words are so inadequate at a time like this but we hope you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord God take you by the hand and lead you through this difficult time and grant you peace, strength and hope. With deepest sympathy.

  4. Dear Pam and the Voot family:

    Thinking of you and your family during this time. We have missed you the past few months. May Jimmie rest in peace.
    Lois Olson
    (David and I met you on Holy Family B where
    David is a resident)

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