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James Heelan

September 25, 1958 — January 4, 2019

James Heelan

James A. Heelan


Age 60 of Braidwood, formerly Joliet, passed away Friday January 4, 2019 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Born September 25, 1958 in Corinth, Mississippi, and was raised and educated in Lisle. He graduated from Lisle Senior High School, and on May 7, 1983 he married Julie Anne Stahl in Joliet, where they would make their home until relocating to Braidwood. Jim worked as a supervisor for a railyard, and was a member of the Grundy County Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and looked forward to family vacations. Jim was a self-taught mechanic, who enjoyed the challenge of learning how to fix things, and spent much of his time in the garage tinkering.

Survivors include his wife: Julie Heelan of Braidwood; his step-father: William “Hockey” Hockinson of Northglenn, Colorado; two children: Jaclyn Heelan of Joliet and Jessica Heelan of Braidwood; one granddaughter: Harlee Annalynn Heelan; three sisters: Charlene Heelan of Joliet, Cindy (Tim) Terrell of Dallas, Texas, and Theresa (James) Ranck of Northglenn, Colorado; one brother: David Heelan of Diamond; his mother-in-law and father-in-law: Walter and Patsy Stahl of Burnt Prairie, Illinois; one sister-in-law: Deborah Heelan of Gardner; one brother-in-law: Jeff (Ryan) Stahl of Mahomet, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother: Anne Hastings; his father: Junior Morelock; and one niece: Felisha Heelan.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Monday January 7, 2019 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway Street (one block north of Illinois Route 113), in Coal City from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded following the visitation.

In Lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Jim’s memory to the family for their distribution.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Jim’s memorial page by logging onto:

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

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