|3/18/2021 4:58:00 PM|
James Jestus, longtime Stewartville resident, dies in Tennessee
James R. Jestus passed away March 12, 2021 in Cookeville, Tennessee after suffering complications of a stroke.
He was born April 30, 1942 in Stewartville, to parents Vailey E and James E. Jestus.
On Dec. 16, 1961, Jim married Sally (Knapp) of Stewartville and they moved to Minneapolis where James attended the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, Jim was offered a job at IBM. It was the start of a long and successful career in information and financial management systems. His work at Honeywell, Xerox, and Gould lead him and his family to relocate several times finally settling in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where Jim became a partner at Arthur Young and Sr. Partner at Cooper's & Lybrand in Chicago, Illinois.
Jim enjoyed 40 years in Crystal Lake golfing, running, biking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren, eventually moving with Sally to Sun City in Huntley, Illinois. In November 2019, they moved south to Gallatin, Tennessee in search of a warmer climate.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sally, of Gallatin, Tennessee; his children, James (Carol) Jestus of Huntley, Illinois, Dr. Joseph A. Jestus (Sandra) of Cookeville, Tennessee, and Jane (Sal) LoSchiavo of Gallatin, Tennessee. He will be remembered lovingly by his grandchildren, James R. Jestus III and Katherine Jestus of Huntley, Illinois, Joseph E. Jestus, esq, of Denver, Colorado, Annie Jestus of Atlanta, Georgia, Jane Jestus of Austin, Texas, Jack Jestus of Cookeville, Tennessee, Nicholas (Molly) LoSchiavo of Charlottesville, Virginia, Alexander LoSchiavo of New York City, and Zachary LoSchiavo of Knoxville, Tennessee; and his great-grandchildren, Maximilian and Callie LoSchiavo of Charlottesville, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. His siblings and in-laws in Florida, Jon (Jean) Jestus, Jeff (Jann) Jestus, Michael Jestus and his sister, Judy (Dale) Howard of Rockford, Illinois, will continue to share memories of their older brother, Jimmy Bob restoring old cars and singing in the church choir.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vailey Jestus, brother, Peter Jestus, in-laws, Joseph and Sarah Knapp, sisters-in-law, Sheila Fowler and Sandra Knapp, and brother-in-law and friend, George W. Hogshead, and grandson Maximilian James LoSchiavo.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
Arrangements are with Neptune Society, Anna Keller, Licensed Funeral Director, Brentwood, Tennessee.
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