DIXON – James Thomas Gilge, 73, of Dixon, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Dixon Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. He was a produce manager for 43 years at Eagle Foods and had Jim’s Auto Repair for 30 years at his home.
James was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Eric and Dorothy Mae (Peterson) Gilge. He married Renee Boyd on June 30, 1973, in Rockton. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Dixon. He enjoyed traveling the U.S. in his camper, music events, and his family.
Survivors include his wife, Renee Gilge of Dixon; three sons, Cristopher (Denise Cox) Boyd of Sioux Falls, S.D., Clint (Debbie) Gilge of O’Fallon, and Cliff (Katie) Gilge of Rapid City, S.D.; one brother, Jerry Gilge of Garwin, Iowa; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter in infancy; one sister-in-law, Kathy Gilge; his in-laws, Clinton and Helen Woodyatt; and two brothers-in-law, Ross and Robert Rippeon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bunyan Cocar, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.
Memorials have been established to the Parkinson’s Support Group of Dixon and First Baptist Church.
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