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James E. “Jimmy” DaPron

James E. “Jimmy” DaPron, 74, of East Peoria, formerly of Mason City, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 2 at his TCRC Cila Home where he resided for four and a half years. He was born on January 23, 1947 in Springfield to George E. and Wilma (Nolte) DaPron. Jimmy is survived by three sisters: Georgia Robertson of Lincoln, Carolyn (Dan) Pfanz of Manito, and Dawn Price of Mascoutah, eight nieces: Theresa Evard of Lebanon, Missouri, Cathy (John) Ingram of Armington, Joleen (Shane) Lowe of Lincoln, Ronda Robertson of Lincoln, Sherri (Keith) Allgood of Delavan, Amber Otey of Junction City, Kansas, Katie Price of Bourbonais, and Melissa Gilmer of Tremont, eight nephews: Rex (Brenda) Forbes of Delavan, Frank Forbes of Lincoln, Jesse Forbes of Delavan, Bill (Rose) Robertson of Lincoln, Mike (Sandy) Robertson of Mason City, David Willis of New Holland, James Price of Pekin, and Burke Pfanz of Florida, along with many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Anna L. Forbes of Delavan, brother-in-law Kenneth Forbes of Delavan, Uncle Bernard DaPron and Aunt Miki DaPron both of Arkansas, and Aunt Gladys Hall of Springfield. Jimmy went to TCRC workshop in Morton, where he made many friends. He loved music and dancing. He did a real classic Elvis impersonation. Also on his favorites list were money, trains, airplanes, horses, Hot Rod books, and especially Christmas with his family and lots of Christmas presents. Jimmy was very social and loved people. He knew no strangers. He was a very special gift to all and will be greatly missed. Cremation rites have been accorded and a burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 8, at Mason City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Jimmy’s name to Tazewell County Resource Center or Tazewell County Resource Center Workshop in Morton. Online condolences can be left for his family at Maas-Hurley Funeral Home in Manito is in charge of arrangements.

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