We are saddened to inform you of the passing of James Stuckey ‘51.
James Stuckey ’51 of Bloomington, Illinois, died May 1, 2020. He was 93. Jim served in the U.S. Army before his time at Illinois Wesleyan, where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He later studied at the University of Illinois. Jim farmed in northern Ford (Ill.) County for most of his life before moving to Rochester, Illinois, in 2005. He was the county executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) for Ford County (1961-72) and Iroquois County (1972-92). He was presented the Ford County Progressive Farmers Award in 1958. He was recognized by ASCS with state and national service awards in 1990. Jim was a dedicated public servant who served on the Piper City (Ill.) School and Parkland College boards. He was also on the boards of Piper City Home Guaranty Savings and Loan, Greenbriar Nursing Home and the Ford County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Piper City and United Presbyterian Church of Piper City. He volunteered for the Cooperative Extension Service and local 4-H program. Jim enjoyed playing bridge, jigsaw puzzles, word and number games, boating, sailing and skiing. He moved in 2017 to Westminster Village in Bloomington, where he was a member of a vocal group, attended exercise classes, called bingo and worked in the woodshop. He was preceded in death by his first wife Helenjean (Lauterbach) Stuckey ’51, and second wife. He is survived by three children, Randy Stuckey ’75, Charles Stuckey ’77 and Beth (Stuckey) Woodard-Wolfe ’78, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one sister, and many nieces and nephews.