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James A. Rife

July 6, 1961 March 18, 2020
James A. Rife
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James A. Rife, age 58, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 18, 2020. He was born July 6, 1961 to his loving parents Arlene (Ron) Brands and the late Richard Rife. He was a life-long resident of Plainfield, IL., where he attended Plainfield High School and was crowned Homecoming King, class of 1979.

Jim and his wife Nancy were high school sweethearts, very happily married since October 5, 1985. An amazing father and role model to his two sons, Brian and Charlie, through which he gained the daughters he had always wanted, Sarah and Brianna. Jim was an adored grandpa to Jimmy (Brian and Sarah).

He was a cherished brother to John (Cindy) Rife, Kim (Larry) Stephens, and Tina (Darryl) Kochalka. Loving son-in-law to Geraldine Wagner, son-in-law to the late Jerome Wagner, and loved brother-in-law to all their children.

Jim was a treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews, and a great uncle to several of their young ones.

Jim entered the work force as a cookie delivery driver for Maurice Lennel until leaving to begin a professional career at Fermilab in Batavia, IL. He spent the following 39 years working with a number of close friends towards a position in operations.
In his free time, Jim loved to sit outside feeding and watching the birds, working in the Rife family garden, woodworking and making pens, and riding his motorcycle with his friends, most importantly his son Charlie. He loved weekend trips with Nancy, always searching for the perfect selfie and funny pun to go with them. His best time was spent spoiling and laughing with his grandson Jimmy.

Due to recent unfortunate health circumstances in the world, all services have been mandated to remain private. The arrangements have been entrusted to Overman-Jones Funeral Home, 1519 S. Joliet Rd., Plainfield, IL 60544. Interment will be at Plainfield Township Cemetery. For more information, please call 815-436-9221.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the donor’s charity of choice would be appreciated, some suggestions are; the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or the Crohns and Colitis Foundation.

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Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Plainfield Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

15408 South Joliet Road
Plainfield, IL 60544

15408 South Joliet Road Plainfield 60544 IL
United States

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