Mr. James Raymond Yancik, age 86, of Benton; passed away at 2:05 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2023, at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.
Memorial Mass Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2023, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Benton, with Father Urban Osuji officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Cremation arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
Jim was born on June 17, 1936, in Litchfield, Illinois; the son of Joseph John Yancik and Anna Lorraine (Gubach) Yancik. He married the former Dorothy Ramseier on September 26, 1959, and she survives.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, where he also was in the ROTC. He also served in the Army reserves.
Jim worked and retired as a mining engineer.
He was a devout Catholic and was very involved in the many activities and services at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Benton.
Jim enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing, and playing golf. He was a renown brew master, brewing his own beer. He also enjoyed woodworking, even constructing the beautiful walnut urn that he will be placed in. Most of all he enjoyed his grandchildren.
Surviving is his loving wife of 63 ½ years, Dorothy Yancik of Benton, Illinois; four children: Michele Lampley and husband William of Benton, Illinois, Kent Yancik and wife Darlene of Tempe, Arizona, Susan Falkner and husband Ron of Simsbury, Connecticut, Brad Yancik and wife Karla of Mulkeytown, Illinois; six grandchildren: James Lampley of Benton, Illinois, Mark Lampley of Marion, Illinois, Justin Yancik of Tempe, Arizona, Andrew Yancik of Tempe Arizona, Jack Falkner of New York City, New York, Jennifer Falkner of Washington DC; a sister Linda Erdely of South Bend, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Yancik was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson Ryan Yancik; and nine siblings.
The family prefers in lieu of flowers that Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry; and will be accepted at the services on Monday or may be mailed in care of Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812.
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