James M. Freitag, 76 of Taylorville, passed away at 1:40pm on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana. He was born on August 11, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of William P. and Ruth G. (Niehart) Freitag. Jim graduated from Taylorville High School in 1963. He was a proud Navy Veteran, serving from 1965 until 1969, much of that time aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock. He married Sharon L. Gibson on October 3, 1970 in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on March 31, 2009. Jim previously worked as a Pipe Fitter through Local 65 in Decatur and retired as a Maintenance Craftsman at the Taylorville Correctional Center.
He is survived by his daughters: Nancy Jacoby (Mark) of Taylorville and Bonnie Kastl (Greg) of Normal; grandchildren: Kaytlin Jacoby of Taylorville and Phillip James Kastl and Alexander George Kastl both of Normal; and brother: Richard Freitag (Barb) of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother: Glenn William Freitag.
Mr. Freitag will be cremated and his remains placed next to his wife in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christian County Animal Control. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.