Jim was born February 5, 1948 in Anna, Illinois. He was the son of Eldon A. and Ruth E. (Crowell) Moak.
On December 1, 1972, Jim was united in marriage to Charmion D. Humphrey at Mound City, Illinois. She survives.
Other survivors include: his mother – Ruth E. Moak of Vienna; 2 sons – James Paul (Melissa) Moak of Cypress and Corey Clifford Moak of Vienna; a sister – Phyllis (Jerry) Oliver of Cypress; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father.
Jim was a graduate of the Vienna High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Jim was a retired heavy equipment operator and member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local # 318. He had served as a volunteer member of the Cypress Fire Department and was a former member of the Luther’s Chapel Cemetery Board. Jim was also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. When his sons were younger and involved in scouting, Jim served as a Boy Scout volunteer. He also enjoyed working Sudoku puzzles.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, September 23, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Father Tom Barrett will officiate. Burial will be in the Luther’s Chapel Cemetery near Cypress. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post # 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.
Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
The family requests that those attending the visitation and funeral service please dress in casual and comfortable attire.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 East Walnut Street, Suite A, Carbondale, IL 62901 or by visiting www.alz.org