James F. Brant, 92, of Peoria, passed away at 11:06 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.
A Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria, where he was a parishioner. Father James Pallardy will be the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.
James was born on February 14, 1926, in Mattoon, the son of Russell and Gertrude (Hasler) Brant. He married Esther J. Force on July 16, 1955 in Champaign. She survives.
He is also survived by his sons, Kerry (Jennifer) Brant of Brimfield, Perry (Cathy) Brant of Bayview Gardens and Larry (Janette) Brant of Peoria; sister, Mary Elizabeth Phillips of Norfolk, NE; Eight grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Helen Utley, and one granddaughter.
He worked as a pharmacist at Tarboletti’s in Canton, until his retirement in 1990. Prior to there, he worked at World Drug in downtown Peoria.
James served in the United States Navy from 1943 – 1946, during World War II, as a Hospital Apprentice Second Class, in San Diego, CA.
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