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.
Jim 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.