James E. Zelmer
Virden– James E. Zelmer, 77, passed away at 4:15 P.M. Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Chatham Reflections Memory Care with his loved ones at his bedside.
Jim was born in Palmyra, IL on April 7, 1942 a son to Marion and Maxine (Smith) Zelmer. He was a graduate of Glenwood High School, class of 1960.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and specialized as an Aviation Electronics Technician aboard the U.S.S. Essex and the U.S.S. Saratoga. After his discharge, he had a successful career as a service technician with the I.B.M. Corp. until his retirement.
Jim married Shirley Royer on June 29, 1974 and have been constant companions enjoying forty-five years together. Jim was a member of the Farm Bureau. He loved wood working, photography, family, and spending time on the farm.
Surviving Jim is his wife, Shirley Zelmer of Chatham, IL; sons, Steve Zelmer of Springfield, IL, Bob Zelmer of Columbia, MO; daughter, Brenda (Rob) Lavin of Springfield, IL; step-daughter, Dianne (Steve) Sommer of Chatham, IL; sister, Judy Hatten of Spokane, WA; grandchildren, Luke and Michael Lavin, Stacey (Mike) Hart, Michelle (Derrick) Streibig, Micaela and Makenzie Royer, Tori (Jeff) Johnson, Derek Sommer, Seth (Mary) Elliott, Stephanie (Josh) Rich; great grandchildren, Justin, Morgan, Ashley, and Carley Hart, Kaelyn Swift, Adelyn, Elana and Julien Streibig, Cam, Bryce and Kendal Johnson, Will and Joe Elliott, Madison Rich and several nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ron Zelmer; step son, Larry (Carla) Royer and step-daughter, Jane (Bill) Elliott.
Cremation rites have been accorded by the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, IL. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home in Virden, IL. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. To leave a comment for the family please visit: www.calvert-ferryfuneralhomes.com