James Foss, 79, of Grantsburg, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019 at the family farmhouse that he was born in.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 at St. John Lutheran Church in Massac County with Rev. Kent Hollis officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted. Pallbearers will be Ryan English, Chase Wilson, Matt English, Kevin Foss, Greg Horman, Andrew Cromeenes, Chris Cromeenes and Doug Shockley.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5 at St. John Lutheran Church from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour.
James was united in marriage with Carolyn Sue Cromeenes on June 7, 1964, and they were married 50 years until her passing in 2014.
Mr. Foss was an U.S. Army veteran who served as a military policeman and played Army football for two years.
He was a lifelong farmer, hunter and conservationist who was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church.
James was also a Mason, a 30-plus year member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), who served as president of Local Shawnee Hills Long Beards from 1990 to 2010 and was known for sketching and painting wildlife. It was during his years with the NWTF that he met Mike Murphy, a wildlife biologist, who helped him make the first capture and release of wildlife turkeys in southern Illinois possible.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Jo Foss English and husband Matt and Mollie Jean Foss, all of Metropolis; two grandsons, Ryan James English and wife Whitney and Chase Reed Wilson; one brother-in-law and best friend, Jim Cromeenes and wife Mary Ann; two sisters-in-law, Alice Persson and Jean Caldwell; several nieces and nephews; and a special extended family member, Carrie Heflin Myers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Lena Quint Foss; his wife, Carolyn; one daughter, Amy Sue Foss; one sister, Eva Mae Buchanan; and two brothers, William Joe Foss and Lowell Fred Foss.
Memorials may be made in James' name to St. John Lutheran Church, 5187 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis, IL 62960.