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Harold James Brady

11/10/1931 - 4/7/2019

PEKIN ~ Harold James Brady, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 11:28 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 at UnityPoint Health-Pekin.
 
 James Brady "Diamond Jim" was born to James and Bernice Brady in Chillicothe on November 10, 1931.  Jim graduated Pekin High School in 1950.  He married Karen Kellogg on January 15, 1951 in Springfield.
 
Jim worked at Caterpillar, had been an insurance agent and retired from Keystone in October 1991 after 25 years of service.  He was in the Naval Reserves for two years in the 1950’s.
 
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Karen Brady of Pekin; two daughters, Cindy Madden and Kathy (David) Potter, both of Pekin; one son, Kevin (Jeanie) Brady of Pekin; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Pat Utech of Pekin.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jim Brady and Michael Scott Brady; son-in-law, Kelly Gene Madden; and one sister, Joan Mobley.
 
Jim loved his family and the Chicago Cubs.  He loved to fish and hunt, play cards and drink beer.  He also had been a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #1869 in Pekin.
 
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Mark Utech will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the Pekin Boys and Girls Club at 1101 Veerman St. Pekin, IL 61554.
 
 

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