GALENA, Ill. -- James B. Vincent, 86, of Galena, passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013, in his home, a victim of Parkinson's disease.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, at United Methodist Church, 125 S. Bench St., Galena, with the Rev. Patricia Allen-Stewart officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Miller-Steinke Funeral Home, Galena.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1926, in Galena, the son of Frank R. and Helen (Barlow) Vincent. He graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1944. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. He attended Grinnell College and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1953.
He married Mary Jane Hinderman on Jan. 17, 1953, in Iowa City.
He practiced law in Galena from 1953 until his retirement in 2008. He was resident circuit judge for Jo Daviess County from 1974 to 1977.
He was very active in his community. He was a member of Galena United Methodist Church, the Lions Club and The Galena Elks Club. He was instrumental in many local projects, including the establishment of Galena State Bank and Trust Co., the Galena Hospital, Alice T. Virtue Memorial Swimming Pool, the Galena Foundation and the tennis courts at the high school.
His favorite pastime was farming.
Surviving are his five children, Mary, of Warren, Ruth Jackson, of Springfield, Sarah (P. Carter) Newton and James William (Ramona) Vincent, both of Galena, and Martha (Donald) Dinschel, of Fox Lake; 11 grandchildren, Timothy (Lindsy) and Michael (Heather) Vincent, Paul, Jane and Vincent Newton, Matthew, Nate and Luke Jackson, Margaret Horton and Katherine and Brandon Dinschel; five great-grandchildren; and his wonderful primary caregiver, Karen Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his siblings, Frank R. Vincent Jr. and Jean Toepfer.
A James B. Vincent memorial fund has been established to benefit local charities.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Gregory Vandigo, 24 Hour Care and Jan Smith for the wonderful care they provided.