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James N. Dunning

James N. Dunning


James N. Dunning, 76, of Chester, IL; born on December 13, 1944 in Tamms, IL; passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Coulterville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

James worked on a loading dock for the railroad for many years.  He used to sit by the Chester Bridge to sell watermelon and cantaloupe during the summer.  James was also a commercial fisherman.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren, Taylor and Evan.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Fred Joseph and Helen Marie (Staton) Dunning; four brothers – Larry, Billy, Bobby, and Darold; three sisters – Kathleen, Bonnie, and Barbara.

James is survived by his son – Jim (Rhonda) Dunning of Chester, IL; grandchildren – Taylor and Evan Dunning; one brother – Jerry (Joyce) Dunning of Seymour, MO; five sisters – Margie (Tim) VanDorn of Jefferson City, MO, Linda (Dwayne) Lessar of Tamms, IL, Joyce (Don) Pyron of Tamms, IL, Georgia (Walter) Mitchell of Tamms, IL, and Vickie Brown of Tamms, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

It was his wish to be cremated.  No services will be held at this time.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Jack Vinson says:

    I went to church with Jim some years ago and he was really dedicated to the Litd. God Bless !

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