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James Edward Ready

August 30, 1944 ~ October 3, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

James Ready Obituary

James Edward “Jim” Ready, age 79, of Charleston, IL previously of Mason, IL passed away peacefully at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born August 30, 1944 in Effingham, IL the son of the late, Lynn Ready and Myrtle Schumacher Ready.  On November 4, 1967 he married Pauline A. Will in Lillyville, IL.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Pauline Ready of Charleston, IL; children, Tonya Clough (Brian Drake) of Mattoon, IL, Shawna Stine (Eric Coon) of Charleston, IL and Brandon Ready (Veronica) of Charleston, IL; siblings, Dale Ready of Mason, IL, Sandra Kay Phillips (Danny) of Effingham, IL and Lynda Ready of Champaign, IL; sisters-in-law, Glenda Ready of Bloomington, IL, Nancy Ready of TX and Joy Ready of TX; grandchildren, Jared Ready, Thomas Stine, Leigha Clough, Loran Dundee (Nicholas), Katherine Stine, Zachary Clough and Braelyn (Puggins) Ready; great grandchildren, Nixon Dundee, Rayne Stine, Amelia Sanders, Jameson Ready, Adelia Stine, Estelle Dundee and Elijah Jackson and many nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Johnny Ready, Jerry Ready, (Buck) Urban Ready, Barbara Ready and sister-in-law, Carldeane Ready.

Jim was a 1962 graduate of Effingham High School. He worked on the family farm as a kid and upon graduating worked on oil rigs with his brother. Later on he started working in the flooring business. Eventually he started Jim Ready Floor Covering Service which he owned and operated for over 40 years and was one of the best around. He loved raising livestock and had great success producing 4H show pigs with many champions on the county and state level. Once his kids and grand kids were out of 4H he turned to raising Low Line Angus cattle. He also raised quail and pheasants. Jim had a strong work ethic, and often baled and racked hay by himself. He was always willing to help a neighbor or anyone in need but was always reluctant to ask for help himself. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and his many antique John Deere tractors. In his younger years he enjoyed horse racing, racing cars, and water skiing. Jim could fix about anything and some would say, “well that’s Jimmy rigged” to which he would reply “but by golly it works”! He was a simple man who loved his family deeply. His grand kids were very special to him as he always loved giving them a hard time.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2023 at Adams Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, rural Charleston, IL.  Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service on Monday at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Coles County Fair (swine barn improvements) 603 West Madison Charleston, IL 61920.

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October 9, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Shawnee Drive, Charleston)

Funeral Service
October 9, 2023

1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Shawnee Drive, Charleston)


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