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Mr. James "Jim" W. McKillip

March 3, 1952 ~ July 23, 2021 (age 69)


Mr. James “Jim” William McKillip, 69, of Peoria, Illinois, died at 9:58 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at Unity Point Health Proctor in Peoria.

He was born on March 3, 1952, in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of William and Betty Ruth (Belt) McKillip. He married Linda Brooks, and later married Peggy Arlene Stevens in 1976, in Galesburg.

James is survived by his spouse, Peggy, his two sons, Richard McKillip of Houston, Texas, Aaron (Laura) McKillip of Blue Springs, Missouri, his two daughters, Heidi Lynn McKillip of Flagstaff, Arizona and Heather Michelle McKillip of Bloomington, Illinois. He is also survived by his two brothers, John (Kathy) McKillip of Fort Madison, Iowa, Tom (Caroline) McKillip of Gilson, Illinois, and sister in law, Diane McKillip of Phoenix, Arizona and his three grandchildren, Kayla Ruiz of Arizona, and Maria and Yasmin McKillip of Blue Springs, Missouri. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his brother Tim McKillip.

James graduated from high school and went on to study in college for 2 years. He worked as a Clerk at BNSF Railway for over 20 years. He enjoyed coaching softball, reading, watching Sci-Fi and Action movies and spending time with his grandkids. James enjoyed watching sports and loved supporting his Chicago teams, the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Bulls.

Cremation will be accorded. No Funeral Services will be made, at Jim’s request. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be made at

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