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James M. Wickert

James M. Wickert, 87, of Canton, passed away at 11:35 p.m. April 12 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, with his family by his side. Jim was born November 6, 1934 on the Wickert family farm at rural Ipava, the son of Harry and Bessie (McCarty) Wickert. He first married Beatrice Schisler and they had two daughters, Becky (Montie) Wilcoxen and Shellie (Perri) Green all of Canton. He later married Judy Heffren on April 1, 1985 in Lewistown becoming “Pop” to Jefferey (Lita) Harris of Matanza Beach, and James “Scott” (Mo) Harris of Galva. Jim was grandpa to thirteen grandchildren, Mandy, Derek, Alyssa, Alex, Jeramie, Christopher, Carrie, Billy, Derek, Joshua, Darren, Jaime, and Heather, twenty five great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved Judy on February 16, 2022. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Tommy Wickert, and one sister, Jean Simmons. Jim grew up on a farm in Ipava and attended Ipava schools. He went on to serve in the United States Army stationed at Korea. After being discharged from the Army, he started his career at Caterpillar and continued working there until his retirement. He later worked as a funeral assistant at Henry-Lange Memorial homes for over 25 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Canton. He enjoyed going out to several coffee groups which he lovingly called the Liar’s Club. He loved going to various car shows around the county and showing off his 1976 MG. He and Judy would take rides together in that little red car. When he was still able he also liked riding his Lambretta scooter around town. But most of all, he and Judy enjoyed spending time together, going to listen to music and dancing. Jim was quite a dancer and could dance until Judy was worn out. Jim’s funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday April 15 at Henry-Lange Memorial home in Lewistown, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Reverend Steve Mason will officiate and burial will be in Apple Cemetery at rural Lewistown. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Canton. Condolences may be made at

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