Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL


James "Jim" Houlihan

June 23, 1935July 1, 2020

Bartonville - James R. Houlihan, 85, of Bartonville, passed away at 1:11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on June 23, 1935 in Peoria , a son of Earl J. and Margaret L. (Cox) Houlihan. He married Ruth Hess on February 15, 1974 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are his six children, Erin Sheckler of Peoria, Lynne (Mark) Houlihan Wood of Libertyville, Steve (Angie) Houlihan of Brimfield, Kim (Dick) Wilkinson of Cincinnati, OH, Tom (Suzy) Gray of Bartonville, and Vicki (Steve) Scott of Midland, MI; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert Houlihan.

Jim worked as a police officer for the City of Peoria for 28 years, retiring in 1999. He was the first motorcycle patrolman for the City of Peoria. He also was the owner/operator of Houlihan Trucking in Peoria for many years. He was a lifetime member of Wilmor Sportsman's Club in Morton, Peoria Casting Club, Pheasants Forever, and the NRA. He also was a member and former part-owner of Stonefort. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish, ride motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Jim's funeral service will be private at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Rev. Steve Scott will officiate. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peoria Youth Hockey Association.

Online condolences may be sent to Jim's family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.


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James "Jim" Houlihan

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Brenda Dunbar

July 6, 2020

Ruth -

Pat and I are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was the best neighbor anyone could ask for! I have such fond memories of coming home and finding fresh veggies by the back door, or seeing the deer he got that day, or talking about our dogs. I'll never forget how he helped me with Ozzie that awful night. You were my surrogate parents and I loved living next door to you. I can't think of my time on Maywood without remembering "Mr. Houlihan" or his wonderful tomatoes. May God give you and the family comfort.

frank serrano

July 6, 2020

Glad I was fortunate to know and work with Jim.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

Jay and Beth Houlihan

July 4, 2020

Our deepest condolences to all the family. Thinking of you and sending love.

Jeanette Anguita

July 4, 2020

The Razo family sends condolences to the Houlihan family. Your father was such a nice man. I remember when playing at your house and your Dad would be working in the yard or coming home from work in his police uniform. Sending prayers

Barbara & Gary Courtright

July 4, 2020

Our sympathies to your family as you deal with Jim's passing.

Gary Siebenthal

July 4, 2020

sorry to hear of Jims passing. I worked with jim at the police department and knew him to be a genuinely nice man. he always had a smile on his face and was interested in helping the citizens he served. gary siebenthal


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