The Oskaloosa Herald
James K. “Jimmy” Stirratt, 58, of Tracy, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at his home near Tracy.
He was born Nov. 2, 1953, at Peru, Ill., the son of James F. and Loretta Szczepaniak Stirratt. He served his country in the U.S. Army, where he earned a National Defense Service Medal and a sharpshooter designation. Upon his discharge, he went to work as a long-haul truck driver, for a time. Jimmy began his career as a union boilermaker over 30 years ago. He was a member of the Boilermaker Union Local No. 83. On Oct. 15, 1994, he was united in marriage to Cindy Fleener at Oskaloosa. He was a member of the Eagles and the V.F.W. Jimmy loved spending time with his family and friends at the river. He delighted in having Cindy, his children and grandchildren with him at the river, boating and teaching them how to fish. He also enjoyed mushroom hunting, hot rods, riding his Harley, and going to the drag races.
His family includes his wife Cindy Stirratt, of Tracy; three daughters, Amber (and Rodney) Robertson, of Seneca, Ill., Amy Stirratt and Amanda Stirratt (and Jeremy Hellund), all of Ottawa, Ill.; a step daughter, Candice (and Robin) Fuller, of Oskaloosa; 11 grandchildren, Zachary Stanley, Zander Stanley, Gavin Robertson, Justis Stanley, Cooper Matteson, Austin Hellund, Nicholas Hellund, Parker Whiteaker, Conner Fuller, Isabelle Fuller, and Alex Fuller; his mother, Loretta Stirratt; a sister, Lori (and Terry) Nelson, of Utica, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Halene Fleener, of Oskaloosa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet Walraven, of Oskaloosa, Terry (and Debbie) Rees, of Rose Hill, Mike (and Diane McReynolds) Fleener, of Oskaloosa, Kathy (and Howard) Lamb, of Oskaloosa, Marilyn (and Jeff) Crumbley, of Pelham, Ala., and Sherry Fleener (and Thom Evans), of Oskaloosa; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; two nephews, Patrick Brittingham and John Jameson Jones; and his father-in-law, William Fleener.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Dan Ridenour officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery with graveside military rites given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion and V.F.W. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Wednesday morning after 9 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 6-8 Wednesday evening to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Pella.