James E. DeWitt, 55

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James “Jimmie” Edward DeWitt, 55, of St. Jacob, formerly of Litchfield, died on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 2:30 a.m. at his home, surrounded by family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is assisting the family. His brother requests that the following Bible verses be read in his memory: James 3:18 and Proverbs 27:17.

Mr. DeWitt was born May 24, 1965, to Earl and Mary (Prather) DeWitt.

He attended Litchfield High School, where he was apart of the class of 1983. He moved to St. Petersburg, FL, in 1990, and continued to live in the Tampa Bay area until August 2020, when he moved back to Illinois to be closer to his family.

Mr. DeWitt worked as a commercial HVAC installer and had been recently employed by IC Mechanical, Inc. in Tampa, FL, for the past 12 years. He loved his job and thought very highly of the owners, who treated him like family. He also met and worked with many close friends during that time.

He lived life on his own terms, was a very generous person and was always there to help someone in need. He loved to listen to a wide variety of music and attended many live concerts. He was a huge Van Halen fan and admired Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing. He also loved to play to the guitar, especially together with friends and family.

Mr. DeWitt was a season ticket holder for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for many years and was happy to see them win the Superbowl this year. He loved to eat and was a great cook, whether in the kitchen, grilling outdoors or over an open campfire.

He would come back to Illinois to visit at least once a year to spend time with family and friends, and he would say, “get back to being country.” He had a unique laugh and was a happy person that was fun to be around. When asked how he was doing, he would reply with, “another great day in the life,” and “God treats me special.”

Mr. DeWitt was a proud lifetime blood donor. He enjoyed life, loved his family and friends, and left them with many good memories. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his siblings, Mary “Nita” Gaiser, John DeWitt, Susan Roberge, Ellen “Cookie” Broida and Carol “Sammy” Triplett; 14 nieces and nephews; and his God-daughter, Kortney Mattox, along with her parents, Dwayne Mattox, who was like a brother, and Marnie Matheny.

Mr. DeWitt was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Joann “Jodi” Talbott.

Memorials may be directed to local blood banks or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

To sign the online guestbook or light a virtual candle, visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com.

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