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James Olson

July 6, 1949 ~ March 12, 2018 (age 68)

James Olson

Age 68 of Coal City and formerly of Joliet, passed away Monday evening, March 12, 2018 at his home.

Born July 6, 1949 in Joliet, James T. was a son of Joseph and Angeline (nee Korelc) Olson. He was raised and educated in Joliet and graduated with the class of 1967. James learned the craft of welding and also worked construction. He spent the last ten years of his career with D Construction Inc., where he enjoyed making meals for his co-workers and would always go above and beyond for his job.

James was considered a "Jack of all trades", but in his free time he enjoyed fishing, gardening, shooting pool and watching Nascar racing. He will be deeply missed and will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.

Survivors include his partner of 26 years: Janice Cranford; three children: Jeff Olson, Stephanie Blake and Sarah Olson; three grandsons and one granddaughter; two brothers: Paul and Joe Olson; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as dear friends Dave Goad and Craig Warf.

James is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Tom and Jack Olson;  sisters: Charlene Hand and Gloria J. Van Winsen and nephew: Kenneth Hand, Jr.

Visitation and video tribute will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until time of funeral service 7:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Deacon William Dunn will be presiding.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in James' memory to his family for their distribution.

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Funeral services and cremation arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

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