James “Jimmie” Edward DeWitt, 55, of St. Jacob, formerly of Litchfield, passed away on Sat., Mar. 27, 2021 at 2:30 a.m. in his home surrounded by family. Jimmie was born on May 24, 1965, a son of Earl and Mary (Prather) DeWitt. Jimmie attended Litchfield High School - Class of 1983. He moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1990 and continued to live in the Tampa Bay area until August of 2020, when he moved back to Illinois to be closer to his family. He worked as a commercial HVAC installer and had been recently employed by IC Mechanical, Inc. in Tampa, Florida 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. Jimmie 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 the guitar especially together with friends and family. He 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 as 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” & “God treats me special.” Jimmie 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. Jimmie is survived by:
Siblings, Mary “Nita” Gaiser, John DeWitt, Susan Roberge, Ellen “Cookie” Broida, and Carol “Sammy” Triplett
14 nieces and nephews
His God-daughter, Kortney Mattox along with her parents, Dwayne Mattox, who was like a brother, and Marnie Matheny
He was proceeded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Joann “Jodi” Talbott.
The family is planning a celebration of life to be scheduled at a later date. The family requests any memorials be directed to Local Blood Banks or St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His brother requests that the following bible verses be read in his memory: James 3:18 and Proverbs 27:17.
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Local Blood Banks
St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation
P. O. Box 955423, St. Louis MO 63195