James Watson

December 23, 1926 — May 17, 2020

James Watson

Normal - James H. Watson, 93, of Normal, passed away at 5:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Heritage Manor in Normal.

A private, family graveside service will be held and a public celebration of life will be held at a later date. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Transitions Hospice.

James was born on December 23, 1926 in Bloomington, a son to Charles and Irene (Weidman) Watson. He married Lolly Barnes on November 25, 1950 in Bloomington, she preceded him in death on November 14, 2006.

Surviving are his children, Gary (Robin) Watson of Morton, Mike Watson of Bloomington, Edie (Tom) Cohoon of Norman, Oklahoma, Gloria Thompson of Delavan, and Nancy (Ural) Baker of Minier; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and brother, John Watson of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, two sisters, and a granddaughter.

James proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He flew combat missions in over the Atlantic as an Aviation Radioman 3rd Class on TBF/Avenger torpedo planes.

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