Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL


James D. Kell

March 3, 1925September 13, 2020

Rochester, IL-James D. Kell, 95, of Rochester, formerly of Springfield, passed away at 1:27 am Sunday, September 13, 2020 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born in Centralia, IL March 3, 1925 the son of Cecil and Ruth (Copple) Kell. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Kell proudly served in the U.S. Army 1943-1946 earning 2 Overseas Service Bars, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

James met Margaret Ann Murphy and they married November 4, 1949. She preceded him in death December 4, 1992. He was also preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a great grandson.

James was a draftsman by trade. He worked for Sangamo Electric and then retired in 1989 from Dickey John. He loved working with his hands. He enjoyed model railroading (N Gauge) and playing golf. His most enjoyment was his family. Spending time with his grandchildren brought joy and a sparkle to his eye. He was honored to attend the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He is survived by his four children: Kevin (Peggy) Kell of Oak Park, IL, Mary Ann Mitchell of St. Charles, MO, Karen (Rick) Vance of Washington, IL, and Tim (Suzanne) Kell of Rochester, IL. There are eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held with Rev. Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

The family request no flowers, rather memorial contributions to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight c/o 57 Country Place Springfield, IL 62703.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of Bisch and Son Funeral Home. 217-544-5424


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Gary Howell

September 17, 2020

Kevin, Tim, MaryAnn & Karen,
So sorry to hear about your dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Gary & Judy Howell

Cindy Coombe

September 16, 2020

Jim was an old friend of my father, Bill Allen, and I enjoyed seeing him at numerous get togethers over the years. My Dad met Jim, I believe, at Sangamo Electric, and they had a number of mutual friends there. Over the years, I hosted or arranged a number of parties for my parents to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and Jim and other friends from Sangamo almost always attended. I became well acquainted with all of them on these occasions. It was always a pleasure to see and talk with Jim. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this sad day.

Nancy McTaggart

September 15, 2020

Kevin, Mary Ann, Karen, and Tim:
Our sympathy to each of you and your families. Your Dad lived a long life--what a blessing it was to have so many grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy and love. Your Mom and Dad were a special part of my growing up years. Our thoughts are with you as you honor your Dad at his burial at Camp Butler.
Love, Nancy and Lynn


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