OTTAWA — James Charles "Jim" Mustered, 85, of Ottawa, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 5, at Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Springstead, Wis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Patrick's Church with the Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Ottawa Funeral Home, with prayers at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Memorial Park at a later date.
Jim was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Ottawa, to Howard Dale and Anna (Garland) Mustered. He served as a PFC in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned home, he married the love of his life, Frances Yarusinsky. He began working at Libby-Owens-Ford. Over the years he worked as a real estate agent and appraiser. He served as a chairman of the La Salle County Financial Board, on the board at Financial Plus Credit Union and the Board of Review for La Salle County. He was a member of Ottawa Rescue Squad, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus.
Jim loved to spend time at his family's cabin on Round Lake in Minnesota. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, loved the outdoors and gardening and shared that passion with his children and grandchildren. When he wasn't on the water or in the woods, he was at a game rooting on not only his grandkids, but also their teammates, to "Get 'er done!"
Jim and his wife, Fran, loved to travel together. After they retired, they were able to visit the countries of their heritage, Ireland and the Czech Republic. The void her passing left impacted him greatly.
Jim's Catholic faith was very important to him. If you stopped by to visit, he was usually praying his rosary. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Ottawa.
He is survived by his children, Dale (Maryann) Mustered, Michael (Pam) Mustered, Mary Wiesbrock and Paul (Sarah) Mustered, all of Ottawa; seven grandchildren, Jamie (Joey) McNinch, Molly (Casey) Baker, Jimmy Mustered, Sarah (Vince) Evola, Leah (Brian) Hodgson, Lily Anne Mustered and Johnathon Alexander Mustered; and eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Evan, Olivia, Adam, Grant, Creighton, Shiloh, and Summer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fran; and four siblings, Junior, Pete and John Mustered, and Sandy Adams.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mustered, Andrew and Evan Evola, Jacob Serby, Robert Adams and Adam Clark.
Honorary pallbearer will be Johnathon Mustered.
Jim's most recent passion was the Illinois & Michigan Canal Rewatering Project. Donations can be made in his honor to Ottawa Canal Association, P.O. Box 2194, Ottawa, IL 61350.
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