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“Jim, Peggy, Janet, and Uncle Fred, What a beautiful service today honoring Jim. I hold so many special memories of Jim and Kay. I never did get...Read More »
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James L. Wassell, 94, of Springfield, died at 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at St. John's Hospice. James was born on September 24, 1913 in Springfield, the son of Fred and Mary Hagel Wassell. He attended Springfield High and Junior College and was the founder of the Springfield Camera Club in 1936. He married Catherine Imelda Higgins on September 26, 1942 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She preceded him in death after 65 years of devoted marriage on October 11, 2007. His photographic career advances from a lecturer on Ansco color film processing to Director of Marketing for Bell& Howell Professional Products, General Manager, Hollywood Film Co., and Vice President, Kalvar and took him away from Springfield for 36 years before returning in 1978 to join the Micrographics Division, Secretary Of States Office. He retired as Division Administrator January 1, 1995. He wrote and lectured nationally on photographic subjects and was a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He received an Oscar technical award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1963 and a Special Award form the Association for Information and Image Management. He founded the Midwest States Micrographics Conference in 1986. He was instrumental in the preservation of microfilm and his article on Redox control won Writer of the Year award from AIIM magazine in 1990. Retiring in 1994, he became interested in computers and later served as a volunteer instructor for Third Age Living computer classes. Just prior to this death, an extensive, cataloged collection of his early photographic work was accepted into the archives of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. James was a dedicated member of Christ the King parish. James was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harold and Donald Wassell, and one sister, Helen Wassell. James is survived by his brother Fred of Springfield, his three children: Margaret "Peggy" (husband, Edgar) Zellmann of San Diego, CA., twins: Janet ( husband, Dr. R. Michael) Kroeger of Omaha, NE and James C. (wife, Sharon) Wassell of Memphis, TN; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 9:00-10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Christ the King. Funeral mass will be held following the visitation at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2008 at Christ the King with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz, celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospital Hospice Program, 800 E. Carpenter, Springfield, IL 62702 or St. Joseph Home, 1345 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62702.

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