James “J.P.” Eli Prediger, 79, of Sparta, IL; born on August 16, 1935 in Lenzburg, IL; passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Mr. Prediger was a coal miner and retired from Peabody Coal after 41 years. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a member of The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church in Sparta, IL. In his younger years J.P. enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed the time that he spent at McDonalds with his “coffee friends.” J.P. was also affectionately known as everyone’s “candy grandpa.”
He was preceded in death by his parents – Oliver “Peggy” and Adelia, nee Hurshman, Prediger. Also preceded by two brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife Dixie, nee Heyl, Prediger whom he married on June 2, 1956 in Lenzburg, IL. His daughters – Leslie Jean Zoellner of Sparta, IL; Lisa Kay (Wade) Schultz of Odessa, TX; Leigh Ann (Terry) Haynes of Carbondale, IL. His granddaughters – Elisha (Jarrod) Birchler; Lindsey (Kyle) Kelley; Emarus (Phillip) Shay; Alysa Haynes; Eriel Wolters. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren. Two sisters – Roberta Sheridan of Millstadt, IL; Gloria (Robert) Woll of Sparta, IL.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Visitation: Friends may call at The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church in Sparta, IL on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Funeral: Services will be held at The Potter’s Christian Fellowship Church in Sparta, IL on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00pm with Pastor Kevin Hannston officiating.