James Wilburn "Jim" Seets

December 3, 1940 ~ October 6, 2018 (age 77)

James Wilburn “Jim” Seets, 77, of Mansfield, passed away Saturday-October 6, 2018 at LeRoy Manor, LeRoy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday-October 10th at Mansfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Ed Davis officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Wednesday-October 10th at the church.

Services will also be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday-October 12th at Reed Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg with Rev. Jerry Wells officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Friday-October 12th at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery, Harrisburg.

Everyone is invited to bring a special story or memory of Jim to share during the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dutton Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Mr. Seets was born December 3, 1940 in Rosiclare, IL to Bluford and Mary Rose Seets.  He married Shirley Ann Bennett May 19, 1962 in Harrisburg.  She survives in Mansfield with their Yorkshire Terrier “Willy” Seets.

Jim and Shirley lived in Golconda until September 1969 when Jim’s work in wildlife research with IDNR resulted in a move to central Illinois to the main offices of the Natural History Survey’s Wildlife Research Department located on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.  Jim thrived on his work and enjoyed a successful career until he retired on July 1, 2000.

On the day Jim transitioned to his heavenly home, Shirley shared her thoughts, “Jim and I have been privileged throughout our lives to meet many good people who have become life-long friends.  When I reflect on our 56 years together, God’s plan for us has become increasingly clear.  Our lives have been truly enriched by the family and friends that God has put in our paths from birth to today.  And I know that Jim is enjoying the rewards now.”

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