James Michael Schuerman, 76, of Nokomis, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Heritage Health in Pana.  He was born on September 21, 1943 in Decatur, the son of Kenneth F. and Martha (Duncan) Schuerman.  He married Grace Sally Whitlow on June 7, 1975 in Decatur.  Mr. Schuerman previously worked as a locksmith for his father, in maintenance, and most recently as a van driver for Fayco Enterprises.  Jim and Grace served as foster parents to many children throughout the years.  Jim had an artistic talent and enjoyed coloring and drawing and crafted many nativity scenes from different materials.  He enjoyed fishing and making others laugh.

He is survived by his wife: Grace Schuerman of Nokomis; mother: Martha Schuerman of Decatur; children: Evelyn Cloe (Marty) of Tower Hill, April Balestri (Gailon) of Eagarville, Cris Schuerman of Nokomis, and Crystal Linton (Greg) of Branson, Missouri; daughter-in-law: Kasey Schuerman of Indiana; grandchildren: Paul Balestri, Gracelynn Balestri, and Hunter Schuerman; siblings: Kenneth Schuerman of Washington State, Linda Gregory (Clyde) of Oakley, and Joseph Schuerman (Cindy) of Carol Stream; brother-in-law: Mike Watson of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews.  Jim was preceded in death by his father; son: Charles Schuerman; and sister: Patty Watson.

In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Schuerman will be cremated no services will be held.  Memorials may be made to the Schuerman family. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be left online at

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