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James "Sherm" Raley

August 30, 1938 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 82)

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GALVA - Sherm Raley, 82, of Galva, died at 2:15 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2021 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 23 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 4:00 -7:00 p.m., Friday, January 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with recitation of the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Fire Department, Galva American Legion or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The funeral home will monitor capacity limits to maintain compliance with COVID regulations. The funeral home requires that all guests wear a mask for the safety of all those attending.

He was born August 30, 1938 in Calvary, KY, the son of James Sherman and Anna Rebecca “Becky” (Spalding) Raley. He married Patricia M. “Pat” Graba on August 11, 1962 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galva, his son, Scott Raley (Mackenzee Lewis) of Geneseo, and their children, Matingly Lewis-Raley and Bristol Lewis, a brother, Tom (Sandy) Raley of Cedar Rapids, IA, two sisters, Stella (Wendell) Gilbreth and Sharon (Donnie “Big D”) Milliken, both of Galva and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Roberta Lynn in infancy, a brother, Joe and four sisters; Shirley Norberg, Becky Holmes, Kathy Thompson and Cora Burwell.

Sherm graduated from Galva High School in 1957 and served his country in the Illinois National Guard. He worked for the City of Galva for 41 years and was superintendent of operations, retiring in 2001. Following his retirement, he still enjoyed continuing his “touring of the city.” He was a member of the Galva Fire Department for 55 years, St. John Catholic Church and the Galva Freedom Fest. He was an avid dirt track racing fan and in his early years enjoyed bowling, was a Cub Scout leader and coached Little League baseball. In 1999, Sherm was the Galva Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and was Grand Marshall of the 4th of July parade.

The family would like to thank the Stark County Ambulance Service and the staff of OSF Saint Luke Medical Center for their outstanding care and compassion.

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Services

Recitation of the Rosary
Friday
January 22, 2021

3:30 PM
Rux Funeral Homes
313 Market St.
Galva, IL 61434

Visitation
Friday
January 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rux Funeral Homes
313 Market St.
Galva, IL 61434

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
January 23, 2021

10:00 AM
St. John Catholic Church
212 NE 1st St.
Galva, IL 61434

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