James E. Papesh

MORRIS—James E. Papesh, 74, of Morris, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Jim was born on March 28, 1948 in Joliet, to Valentine and Lorraine (nee Ward) Papesh. He served his country honorably in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era. Jim worked in mechanical maintenance for Commonwealth Edison and Midwest Generation, retiring after over 30 years. He was a classic car enthusiast and was a member of the Coachman Car Club. He was very proud of his 1964 Pontiac Catalina. A lover of fishing, Jim enjoyed many summers in Minnesota and living on Beaver Lake. He especially enjoyed fishing with his grandsons. He was also a board member of the Goose Lake Association. If you were lucky enough to meet Jim, you know he was a man of many words and a stranger to none.
But out of all his accomplishments, Jim took the most pride in building a home and raising a family with his loving wife of 44 years, Georgene Papesh (nee Cromer).
He is survived by his wife, Georgene; his daughters, Nicole (Ben) Boresi and Jenna Papesh; his grandsons, Braxton and Boden Boresi; his brother, Gerald Papesh (Martha Harms); his mother-in-law, Joan Cromer (nee Likar); his brother-in-law, Wayne (Karen) Cromer; his sisters in law, Darlene (Chuck) Quinn and Carolyn (Don) Wortman; his nephews: Bryan (Kim) Papesh, Chris (Melissa) Papesh, Doug Papesh, Jeff Jacobs and Bruce Lundborg and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine and Lorraine Papesh; his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Barbara Papesh; his sister-in-law, Kathy Papesh; his father-in-law, Kenneth Cromer; his brother-in-law, Gregory Cromer and niece, Celissa Henning.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Ferrari Funeral Services, 1044 Ferrari Dr. in Coal City.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 from Ferrari Funeral Services at 9:30 a.m. to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 215 S. Kankakee St. in Coal City for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Reverend Joshua Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Joliet with Military Honors.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.ferrarifuneral.com
Ferrari Funeral Services of Coal City are entrusted with arrangements.