JAMES LUTHER DARE JR., 65, of Mattoon, IL passed way at 7:06 A.M. on Monday, May 18, 2015 at his residence.
A celebration of Jim’s life is being held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main in Arcola, IL. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home. A reception will be held after the services at Jim’s daughter’s home 221 N. 1st St. in Mattoon, IL.
Jim was born on February 3, 1950 in Mattoon, IL. He was a son of James Luther and Clara Elizabeth (Cowger) Dare Sr. He married Melvina Chloann Graham on August 2, 1968 in Charleston, IL.
He is survived by his wife Chloann of Mattoon, IL, four children, Melissa Winnett and her husband Ray of Mattoon, IL, Christian Peterson and her friend Dan Lenhart of Mattoon, IL, John Dare and his wife Sheri of Lerna and Amy Nelson and her husband Ken of Mattoon, IL; nine grandchildren, Daryl and Mark Winnett, Bli Thacker and her husband Tyler, Kassidi, Kyla and Kolton Dare and Blayton, Kelsey and Allyson Nelson; six great-grandchildren, Ian Ray, Brynli, Rylan and Jase and Harper and Everly; eight siblings, Ted L. Dare and his wife Peggy of Clayton, ID, Laura Weaver and her husband Robert of Holly Pond, AL, Cheryl Butler and her husband Steve of Waverly, IA, Donna Webb and her friend Robert Mudget of Arthur, IL, Roy E. Dare and his wife Linda of Charleston, IL, Peggy E. Skinlo and her husband William of Charleston, IL, Teresa Dundee and her husband Mike of Charleston, IL, and Julie Dare of Charleston, IL.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Jim retired from Safety Storage in Charleston with over twenty years of service.
He always looked forward to annual trips to Ely, MN where he would canoe and fish the Boundary Waters with friends.
Jim enjoyed music, playing his guitar and taking care of his horses, Buddy and Christy.
Jim’s greatest joy in life, besides the time he spent with his wife raising their family, was the time he got to spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His family would like to extend a special thanks to Josh Runner.