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James "Jimmy" Hering, 94, of Albion, Illinois passed away April 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 4, 1921 to August and Edna Hering in Wabash County. He was married May 9, 1943 to Evelyn Dukes at the Browns Methodist parsonage by Rev. Kenneth Mabrey. They would have been married 73 years this May. He spent his entire married life farming a farm on the Red Top Road. He was a member of the Browns Methodist Church, and was very active in the church his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; and children: Ross (Alice) of Bone Gap, Anita (Dick) Hawkins of Brownsburg, Indiana, Jeanette (Eldon) Broster of Chatham, Illinois, Tom of Albion, and Steve (LeeAnn) of Browns. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Brett Hering, Dionne Kennedy, Carissa Troyer, Daniel Hawkins, Lori Fulks, Linda Dafoe, Layna Goodin, Julie VanDerSlik, Jennifer Aper, Renee Scannell, Sheila Hering, and Eric Hering; 21 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He also has sisters: Emma Searby of Lincoln, Illinois and Helen Booth of St. Petersburg, Florida; and a brother, Earl of Ft. Myers, Florida surviving him. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Charles, Robert, Howard, Lawrence, Margaret Reid, and Wilma Newport.

He attended Ephall Grade School and Browns High School. He especially loved to talk of his days as a "Browns Brownie" basketball player, and how he played the violin in the school band. He was a basketball referee for a few years after high school. He was Road Commissioner with Dee Spencer as his secretary for several years. He also operated the "Hering Hen Haven" (10,000 chickens) for several years. He was also known as "The Mayor of the Red Top Community" where all the neighborhood gathered for ice cream socials, board games, and chowders.

He was one of the most generous, caring, and giving people that God ever put on this earth. He was the greatest father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He always had a smile on his face, and strong faith which made his life wonderful.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Ingram Funeral Home in Albion, Illinois. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Albion, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Browns United Methodist Church; the Edwards County Senior Centers; or Celtic Hospice.

Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.ingramfh.net

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is entrusted with the arrangements.