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James Ve Zain


OTTAWA — James V. Ve Zain, 83, of Ottawa, passed away Tuesday, April 3, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Gladfelter Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

James was born Dec. 29, 1934, in Arrowsmith, Ill., the son of Verion J. and Hazel (Westmoreland) Ve Zain. He married Betty Martin on Aug. 16, 1959, in Ottawa. She preceded him in death April 7, 2016.

Surviving are his children, Edward Vernoy, of Ottawa, Holly (Jim) Leonatti, of Dalzell, Steven C. (Jennifer) Ve Zain, of Marseilles, James R. (Margaret) Ve Zain, of Earlville, and Julie (Erastus) Pratt, of Streator; grandchildren, Michael Edward Vernoy, Reilley Leonatti, Steven Ve Zain Jr., Donavan, Tyler, Heidi, Shainah, Miranda and Ashley (Dave) Cramer, and Brittany and Mathew McBee; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Autymn, McKaden, Nicco, and Haze McBee; and a brother, Gary (Judithan) Ve Zain, of Oswego.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne; one sister, Linda Engle; and one grandson, Gary Gebhardt.

James was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of Local Teamsters 722, where he served as a truck driver for 40 years.

James was devoted to his family and cherished his time spent with them. He also adored his beloved dog, Lucy.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

To share a memory or light a candle, visit gladfelterfuneralhome.com or Gladfelter Funeral Home on Facebook.

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