James F Eilers, 62, of Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Mineral, IL passed away on Friday, March 20, 2020 at his residence. Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to One Kingdom Missions.
Jim was born on September 10, 1957, the son of Franklin and Joan (Grypp) Eilers in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Annawan High School and went into farming in the Mineral area. Jim was involved in Youth Ministry at Sacred Heart Church in Annawan, TEC, and Cursillo. After a serious auto accident made it impossible to continue farming the family moved to Tampa, Florida. There they participated in several mission trips to Africa and India.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Joan Eilers, Milan; son, Nicholas (Adena), and daughters, Rachel Barkules and Jaclyn Hill all of Tampa; grandchildren, Talia and Jada Eilers and Sophia and Caleb Barkules; brothers, John (Tammy) Eilers, Galena, Walter (Beth) Eilers, Geneseo, and Charles Eilers, Galena; sisters, Cynthia (Tim) Wells, Geneseo, Maureen Eilers, Rockport, MA; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin, and niece, Leah Wells.