KEWANEE – James Raymond Ibarra, 62, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at his home.
Cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 26 at the First Christian Church in Kewanee with Pastor John Reside officiating Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. In lieu of flowers memorials and donations would be greatly appreciated and may be directed to his family. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born June 2, 1960 in East Chicago, IN, the son of Emilio and Josephine (Ramirez) Ibarra. He married Charlene Brown on February 5, 1999 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on December 7, 2015. Survivors include his five daughters and one son; Jeanny Ibarra, Josephine Ibarra, Catalina (Rudy) Sias, Corina Rodriguez, Maria (Jason) Dazley and Javier Bermudez, one brother, Emilio Ibarra Jr., three sisters; Cynthia Ibarra, Sylvia (Pascual) Ramirez and Sophia Ibarra, four grandchildren; Cavius Reed, Jayana Ringberg, Jordan Ibarra and Jakil James and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his loving parents, his sister, Rosemary Ibarra Fernandez, a son, James Ibarra in infancy, a nephew, Jesus Ibarra and beloved cousin, Jessica Reyes.
James served his country in the U.S. Army and was very proud of receiving his GED. He had worked at various places. He was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks fan. He thoroughly enjoyed going back to East Chicago, IN to visit and have good times with family and friends. His favorite saying was “True Blue”.
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