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James Keith Leathers

d. January 10, 2021

James Keith Leathers, age 76, passed away on Sunday January 10, 2021 at the Mason District Hospital in Havana, Illinois.

James was born on April 30, 1944 in Neleigh, NE, the son of Harold and Colette (Hoffmann) Leathers.

He married Sharon Thomas Smith on June 23, 2002.

Mourning his passing is his wife, Sharon; children, Paul (Lora) Leathers, Mark (Cathy) Leathers, Scott (Shelly) Leathers, Brian (Mattie) Leathers, and Alan Leathers; step-children, Christina (Sean) Pilon, Tina Thomas, Jerauld (Kathy) Smith, and Kathy Tribble; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brothers, Francis Leathers, Jack (Gayle) Leathers; sister, Vicki (Jim) Anderson; half-brother, Dean (Kristi) Dederman; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

He loved to garden and being outdoors.  Jim loved children, babies, and knew no stranger.  He thoroughly enjoyed retirement.

Jim was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Havana.

Jim served for the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War for the 555th Red Horse Engineers.

Visitation for James will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 1:00 PM until 2:00PM at St. Peter Catholic Church in Petersburg, Illinois. Private family services will be held afterwards.

Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Petersburg, with military honors provided.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Dad I will always love and miss you, may God bless you and keep you

  2. Grandpa I love you and miss you so much. Rest peacefully in heaven

  3. I love you so much and miss you terribly already!

  4. Will miss you so much brother. Your suffering is over. God bless you and keep you at his side. Love you!

  5. Jim, your laughter and humor will forever be missed…..wait … i can still hear you. You have to get the last chuckle in 😊🙃❤ see you with our Lord

  6. Love you Jim! I know you are rejoicing in heaven, free from suffering and pain. You will be missed for sure .

  7. May you still be gardening up in heaven and watching over us all. Miss you and love you

  8. Mark., Cathy and family, may God comfort you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

  9. Jim,
    When it came to father in laws I was blessed with the best. Love and miss you.

  10. Praying for the repose of Jim’s soul and for all his family. Condolences to all of you. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  11. Love you brother,and pray that you are going to a better place. Will surely miss you.

  12. There’s going to be one heck of a pinocle game coming up soon in heaven with Pop and Jim and all his uncles!

  13. Praying for Jiims soul that he will be reunited with family and friends in heaven. Our condolences to the family and always know that you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers. I told dad and he was saddened by the news. Love and hugs… Dominic and Dori

  14. My girls and I are blessed to have had him in our lives. He was a great father in law and an even more wonderful grandfather to my girls. I am thankful everyday my girls knew his smile, his laughter and his tight hugs.
    We love him dearly and he will always be missed.

  15. You were a grate Grandfather inlaw. You an Mark brought me closer to God an our Savior. I will always remember you for that and much more. Now your with him an it makes me sad but I now know your not in pain any more. I love you an going to miss you. I will see you again, for this is not good bye. Rest easy an all ways know that I love you

  16. Sharon & family, So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May you find comfort in the memories you made together.

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