Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

William “Bill” James

William “Bill” James, age 74, of Quincy, died Monday, December 4, 2017, at 3:15 pm in St. Vincent’s Home.

William was born March 19, 1943 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of William and Flora Schultz James. He married Helen “Kay” Krigbaum in April of 1966. She preceded him in death on July 13, 2016.

Bill serves in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 until 1965. After his military service, he was employed by Gardner Denver, where he was a press operator for almost 40 years. Bill was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. In his spare time he enjoyed league bowling at the Tangerine Bowl, playing baseball, and playing cards, especially poker and pinochle.

Survivors include: his daughter, Lisa James of Quincy, IL; his son, William T. “Troy” James of Quincy, IL; a granddaughter, Kayla Marie Edgecomb of Quincy, IL; four great-grandchildren: Allie Nicole Hastings, Alyssa Renee Hastings, Kaiden Lee Edgecomb, John Charles McMillan V; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

William was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy James.

Services: 10:00 am Monday, December 11, 2017 at Sunset Cemetery, with Major Andrew Miller officiating.

Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: there will be no visitation, but friends are invited to the service.

Memorials: donor’s choice


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


  1. Bill was a very special person. I had the honor and privilege of caring for in the last stage of his life. We would often talk during his treatments, he was proud of his service to his country and he and my husband shared stories this past summer. I know that he often did not feel well and struggled to breath, but he was always pleasant and never complained or had a sharp word for anyone. Rest in peace and breath easy.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss! My family and I have known Bill and his family for years! Lisa Troy and I bowled together at the park bowl when we were kids! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

  3. I will truly miss our conversations and sports rivalry. You always rooted for the Cardinals and I’m a die hard Cubbie fan. You will be thought of often.

  4. Bill was one of my favorite people I was privileged to take care of. We shared a mutual love of the cardinals! I’ll cherish the memories we shared. Rest in peace Bill.

  5. Bill was a resident of mine. Great man he was. Now he can watch STL cardinals whenever he wants. Fly high Bill

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