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James ‘Santiago’ Trujillo

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

FULTON – James “Santiago” Trujillo, 81, a resident of Fulton, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Morrison Community Hospital.

He was born June 27, 1931, in Moline, the son of Juan Cruz and Cristina (Cervantes) Trujillo. On Sept. 6, 1951, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mildred J. McCann, in Rock Island.

Jim served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was seriously wounded in action for which he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and other service-related medals.

He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal as a supervisor in 1971 after 20 years of faithful service. After retirement, he purchased a farm in Fulton where he lived until his death.

Jim was a proud veteran, and was a member of the American Legion. He loved working on the farm, raising Black Angus cattle and tending to the fields. He and Mildred loved to dance and enjoyed the many family gatherings during special occasions.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife of 61 years, Mildred; his son, David Lee (Colleen) Trujillo of Omaha, Neb.; his grandchildren, Sabrina, Tavis, Nathan and Quentin; his great-grandchildren, Madyson, Logan, Isabella, Morgan and Joey; his sister, Isabel Zambrano of Davenport, Iowa; his brother, Frank “Jack” Trujillo of Silvis; and a close and special friend, Martin Riveria of Rock Falls.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Brian Trujillo; his sisters, Patricia, Lucy and Antonia; and his brothers, John and Robert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel in Bettendorf, Iowa. A service to celebrate his life will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Burial, with military honors, will be at Rock Island National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Gilda’s Club or the Bettendorf Food Pantry.

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