Jim L. Walizer

Jim L Walizer, a long-time resident of Johnston City, Illinois, went to be with his Lord on Aug. 19, 2018.

Jim was born July 18, 1934, in Williamsport to Lester Walizer Sr. and Lairie Ann Matter.

He graduated from Johnson Bible College (as did his wife Pat) in 1962 with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature. Ronnie Savits was his best friend throughout his life. Jim cherished him dearly! Ronnie was responsible for introducing Jim to Christ and leading him to Bible College.

Jim and Patricia Ann Carter married on June 10, 1959. They ministered congregations in Kimberlin Heights, Tenn.; Bedford, Ind.; Newbern, Tenn.; Hickman, Ky.; Johnston City, Ill.; Christopher, Ill.; Benton, Ill.; Cambridge, Md. and Pinckneyville, Ill.

Jim was influential in a lot of teenagers lives through high school visits, worked at summer camps, and performed many baptisms, weddings and funerals over his 50 years of preaching.

His most enriching ministry he loved to talk about was mission work in Haiti and Russia. He felt he won more souls to Christ there. We know he touched and saved just as many in the United States too.

He loved roller skating and everything Christmas/family tradition of platform decorating villages.

His most loved dog Sunny was by his side always.

His wife Pat preceded him in death July 24, 2016.

He is survived by daughters: Lisa (Shawn) Tucker, Dana (Allen) Miller and Rita (Jeremy) Pick; his grandchildren: Arren (Jessa) Miller, Nicole (Brian) Keller, Lucas Childers and Leanna Childers; his great-grandchildren, Krryn, Katelynn, Addison, Nolynn, Hailee, Saige and Ingrid; his twin brother, Jack; and his sister, Ruth Ann.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. (CST)/11 a.m. (EST) on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in St. Francisville. Cunningham Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) directly at P.O. Box 6251, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6251, or through the funeral home.