James Swinburne, 89, of Springfield, formerly of Kincaid, Stonington, and Taylorville, died at 12:31 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Jim was born on October 5, 1928 in Christopher, Illinois, to John and Edna (East) Swinburne. He married Patricia Corsiatto on June 8, 1952 in Kincaid, and she survives. He always loved sports, and played everything he could during high school. Jim earned his Bachelor’s at Carthage College, and went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Education from the U of I. He taught Social Studies for 3 years at Tovey, and then went on to teach at Edinburg Junior High School until his retirement 20 years later. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Jim was recently given a life membership for the Taylorville VFW Post 4495, and he was also a member of the Kincaid American Legion. He was a life member of the Illinois Education Association as well as the National Education Association. Jim and his wife Pat attended the First United Methodist Church in Springfield. For his entire life, Jim was a devoted fisherman. He passed on his love for fishing to his grandchildren. He spent many years traveling to Northern Wisconsin with his brother and son for fishing trips. He loved bringing his family together for a good fish fry. He adored his family, and they adored him.
Jim is survived by his wife, Pat, and their two children: Kathy Zwick of Taylorville, Mark Swinburne of Taylorville; four grandchildren: Suzanne (Greg) Mizera, Kevin Swinburne, Andrea (Vince) Schwab, Lauren Zwick; five great grandchildren: Cameron Allen, Xavier Younker, Zerith Swinburne, Leah Doty, Carson Mizera; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Robert Swinburne and John R. “Dick” Swinburne, sister: Patricia Williams, and one nephew: Randy Swinburne.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, with Reverend Mike Whitaker officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, October 13 from 5 – 7 p.m., also in the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Memorials may be left to the First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL 62711, the Kincaid American Legion, or Taylorville VFW Post 4495. Memories of Jim, or condolences to the family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.