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James Henke

September 26, 1948 — June 28, 2019

James Henke

James Henke, Sr.


Age 70 of Wilmington passed away Friday June 28, 2019 at his home.

Born September 26, 1948 in Joliet, James Brian was a son of LeRoy and Annabelle (nee Hutton) Henke. He was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1966. Jim was a member of Laborer’s Union Local 75, and was a self-employed farmer. He attended Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his free time, Jim enjoyed go-cart racing and drag racing. He also had an appreciation for firearms, and looked forward to having opportunities to use them for sport.

Survivors include his wife: Pamela (Buis) Henke; his children: Monica (Kevin) Josupait of Garner, North Carolina, James (Michelle) Henke, Jr. of Morris, Nicole Adams of Braidwood, Anthony Henke of Coal City, Tracey (Robert) Jakubowski of Goose Lake, and Robert (Karon) Buis of Gardner; thirteen grandchildren: Andrew, Alyssa and Aryn Josupait, Jessie, Benjamin, and Jordan Henke, Rachel, Joshua and Ellie Adams, Olivia and Sophia Jakubowski, and Chase and Lexi Buis; four brothers: Donnie Henke of Tennessee, Lee (Fannie) Henke of Wilmington, Robert (Sandy) Henke of Yorkville, and Jerry Henke of Bourbonnais; one sister: Pat Dooley of Wilmington; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dennis (Heidi) Kosch of Blue Eye, Missouri, Gayle (Douglas) Haberkorn of Hudson, Florida, and Karen Blazekovich of Apache Junction, Arizona, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends, including: Mike Kavanaugh, Chuck Frantini, Pete Kengis, Dan Weir, Jamie Reetez, Timmy Kallas, and Bob Rink, Sr.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Per Jim’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Friday July 5, 2019 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 9:00 a.m. until the time of memorial service, 11:00 a.m. Reverend Sebastian Gargol from St. Rose Catholic Church will preside. Inurnment will follow the services in Oakwood Sunset Cemetery, and the family will host a memorial luncheon in St. Rose School after the graveside services.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jim’s memory to: Grundy County 4-H Association or to Saint Rose Catholic School in Wilmington.

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

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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