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James Allen Vester, Jr., 44, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Thursday, April 28, 2022. He was born May 16, 1977, in Staunton to James and Rhonda (Cook) Stewart. He married Tynia Blum on Nov. 16, 2006, in Litchfield.

He was a construction laborer. He enjoyed playing 8 ball pool, building model cars and being outside.

He is survived by his mother, Rhonda Steward; wife, Tynia Vester; children, Brittni Blum, Dustin Terrell, Bradyn Blum, Chelsie Blum, Chase Vester, Haylie Vester; grandchild, Whitney Leidner; and siblings, Amanda Minnick and Phillip Vester. James was preceded in death by his father; and grandparents, Uklin and Ruth Ann Ussery and Alice and Leroy Vester.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 4, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 2 until 4 p.m. Funeral services follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Kravanya Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at

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