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Mr. Jimmy L. Eaton

January 12, 1952 ~ April 29, 2018 (age 66)

Mr. Jimmy L. Eaton, 66, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 4:14 am Sunday, April 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family and his dog, AJ.

He was born January 12, 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois the son of James and Juanita “Peg” Fortney Eaton. After his father died at a young age, his mother remarried, to George Dirks. George took on the role as father and continued to raise him as his own. Jimmy married Nancy Doan on June 14, 1986 in Galesburg. She survives.

Also surviving is his father, George Dirks of Delavan, Illinois; his two sons, Shane (Rhonda) Eaton of Defiance, Ohio and Tyler (Nikki) Voyles of Galesburg; his daughter, Michelle (Jimmy) Barringer of Tiskilwa, Illinois; his brother, Randy (Chris) Dirks of Lincoln, Illinois; his sisters, Cheryl (Steve) Zimmerman of Mason City, Illinois and Linda (Gene) Sturch of Delavan; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and his son, Thomas Voyles II.

He served in the US Navy as a Seaman stationed in San Diego.

Jimmy worked as an over the road truck driver for over 42 years, driving millions of miles. He graduated from Delavan High School in 1969. Jimmy enjoyed Nascar, especially Jeff Gordon. He loved to fish and playing cards on the holiday. He was an avid Cub fan.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:15 am Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.  Deacon Michael Crummer will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00-10:00 am Saturday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services, Galesburg Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home to assist the family with services. Online condolences may be made at


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