James R. Barrett Jr.

November 18, 1947June 30, 2013
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James R. Barrett Jr., 65, of Bartonville, passed away at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at his home in Bartonville. He was born on November 18, 1947 in Peoria, IL to James and Dorothy (Draper) Barrett Sr. He married Carol J. Kaufman on November 27, 1976 in Eureka, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving is his wife, Carol of Bartonville, two sons, James Barrett III of Bartonville and Jason (Sarah) Barrett of East Peoria, one sister, Joyce Fraley and his dog Harley. James served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked in the Saw Room at Morton Caterpillar Inc for 38 years before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local 974, VFW #3883 and the American Legion Post 979 both in Bartonville. James will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and a great neighbor who enjoyed watching flat track motorcycle races. A visitation will be Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 1 to 4 pm at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel with a service following the visitation. The Rev. Kent Smith will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Memorials may be made to the Peoria Rescue Mission. Please visit James' story at


  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2013

James R. Barrett Jr.

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Steve Strubhar

July 19, 2013

Carol,Jim and Jason,I've known Jim since around 1952, over sixty years!He was a great friend and neighbor! It seems so empty here without him!

Carla Lawless

July 10, 2013

Carol and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Carla Lawless

Judy Lane

July 9, 2013

Michael just relayed this to me today. I was so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I have fond memories of our trips to Florida many years ago. My sincere sympathies to you all.
Judy Lane and Michael
Chatham, iL

Russ Crawford

July 8, 2013

I have not seen Jim since he retired from Caterpillar in 2001, but I saw him nearly every day before he retired. He was very dedicated to doing an excellent job, especially when it came to the saw room. He had pride in his work that was obvious to everyone. He was never shy about raising an issue that could help perform the job better; always focused on the customer. We will miss you Jim. Thanks for your dedication and commitment to Caterpillar. Russ Crawford, Global CPS Manager, Cat Logistics

Pam Showalter--- Pam's Barber Shop

July 6, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Diana Gibson

July 4, 2013

Carol and family: I was so shocked by the passing of Jim. He was a great friend. He could talk your leg off but always enjoyed talking to him. I know it is a very difficult time now, but you will always have wonderful memories of one of the greatest and most caring man on this earth. I feel honored to have worked and known him. He will be missed by so many.

Elsie Zimmerman

July 3, 2013

Carol and family
I will miss Jim's smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
He was so friendly and nice to everyone and will be missed in our family gatherings.
May God be with you now and in the future days as the memories bring tears to your eyes.
..My love...Aunt Elsie Zimmerman

July 3, 2013

I feel sorry for your loss. Even though Joyce and I played together for several years in elementary school I never really got to know Jim. I was so impressed when I heard of the amount of time he spent with Phil Kelly in his final days. He was a true friend to many. I'm sure he will be missed. Jeanne Rosenbohm Fort Worth TX.

Denice Kester

July 3, 2013

Carol, Jim Bob, & Jason,
We are so sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed very much. The neighborhood will not be the same without his smile and his offer to help whenever we needed it. Please know you all are in our hearts and prayers.
The Kester family

Al Leggett

July 3, 2013

I worked with Jim at Morton Parts, he was a good friend and mentor we were involved in several projects together. After retirement we had a lot of good phone conversations, I will miss him .