James Lea Rankin IV

January 20, 1965October 14, 2013

James Lea Rankin, 48, of Peoria passed away at 11:00 a.m. Monday October 14, 2013 at his residence. He was born January 20, 1965 in Chicago, the son of James & Mary Pracel Rankin. James is survived by his mother, Mary Rankin. He is preceded in death by his father. James was a member of Peoria Elks Lodge #20 and the Rotary Club of Peoria-North. He went to school and grew up in St. Philomena Catholic Church. James worked and was very successful in the sales field. Everyone who knew him thought he had a caring nature and was always willing to be of service to anyone in need. He will be missed by all who knew him. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday October 22, 2013 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton funeral Home in Peoria. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday October 21, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to donor's choice. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. To view or leave an online condolence please go to www.


  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 22, 2013

James Lea Rankin IV

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Kristine Garcia (Bailey)

October 23, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Mary, I went to high school with Jim and wanted to share with you that I truly believe that your son, Jim, is the reason I am here today. After track practice one day, there were several of us who needed a ride home. Jim, who was always willing to help, gave us a ride. I was the only girl in the group. Jim told the guys that I would be riding inside the cab. This very chivalrous act put me inside with him when the truck's tie rod blew, and we flipped. He threw his arm out to protect me. I have always felt that had he not done all he did that day that I would not have faired so well. You will be in my prayers.

Sarah Hartwig

October 22, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I went to high school with Jim and will always remember him as a fun and kind soul. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

Paula Bergstresser

October 22, 2013

On behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Peoria-North, we are all so shocked and sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was indeed such a wonderful, caring kindhearted person and will be greatly missed! Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Mary Lou Corson McAfee

October 22, 2013

Dearest Mary Madeline

Sending our love and prayers to you. Praying that God will give you comfort knowing what a wonderful son you raised, and that God welcomed him with open arms. All of love goes to you now and always.

Kim Sierens

October 22, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I went to high school with Jim and have very fond memories of him and his kind heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sherri Smith

October 22, 2013

Mary, everyone at Cyd's is praying for you and your family.

Kristin Schneller

October 21, 2013

Mary, I am saddened to learn of your son's passing. My thoughts are with you.

Jimmy Ward

October 21, 2013

Jim will be missed by many; it was a pleasure working with and knowing him.

Karen McLaren

October 21, 2013

We will truly miss Jim. Jim was one of my very first friends when moving to Peoria 24 years ago. He was a fellow Securitylink employee and we had many great times together. He soon became a great friend of my husband and we spent many, many Sundays together watching football, (as we were both huge Pittsburgh Steeler fans). We are so sorry for your loss. Karen and Tom McLaren

Denise Jordan-Dougherty

October 21, 2013

I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I graduated from Dunlap HS with Jim. I will always remember him as being very sweet and always a smile on his face. He will be missed. My prayers to the Rankin family.