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James Tippey

March 6, 1952 — August 1, 2017

Benson - James A. Tippey, 65, of Benson, passed away at 6:49 am on Tuesday August 1, 2017 at his residence.

He was born on March 6, 1952 in Pekin, IL to James E. and Glenna Jean Bozarth Tippey. He married Taffy A. Janssen on June 5, 1976 in Roanoke, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Trenton (Josh) Tippey of Corinth, MS; Dustin (Krista) Tippey of Eureka; two daughters, Brooke (Josh) Uphoff of El Paso; Stefanie (Nathan) Waldschmidt of Benson; one brother, Tim (Bonnie) Tippey of Stanford; one sister, Suzanne Tippey of Pekin; his mother-in-law, Carol Janssen of Benson; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Alan, Lukeus Uphoff; Theodore, Heidi Waldschmidt; Rileigh, Blaque Tippey.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim received his degree in engineering from Southern Illinois University. He was a manufacturing engineer, working at Caterpillar for 40 years, retiring in 2013.

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and private family services will be held at Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson Ambulance, the United Way or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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