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James Baysinger

April 11, 1927 January 26, 2019
James Baysinger
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James Edward Baysinger, 91, from Pekin, IL passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Washington Reflections Memory Care in Washington, IL. He was born April 11, 1927 in Pekin, Illinois to Fredrick Verlin Baysinger and Henrietta Louise (Henricks) Baysinger. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II and served on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1949, he married Lucia Sanguedolce, from Caserta, Italy. They took up residency in his hometown of Pekin, IL. James worked for Caterpillar, Inc. as a Maintenance Engineer. He retired from Caterpillar and studied gardening, earning the Degree of Master Gardener. As an advocate of nature and our environment, James was a practitioner of organic gardening many decades before it became popular. He spear-headed and participated in many community greening and conservation projects in the Pekin and Peoria areas. He was known for his kindness and love of music. James dearly loved his family and his dogs Cleo, Louise, Max and Auzzie. James is survived by his Daughter, Sonya Baysinger of Chicago, IL; Sons, Roger (Julie) Baysinger of Deer Creek, IL, Oliver Baysinger of Portage, WI; Grandsons, Steven (Adair) Baysinger of Paducah, KY and Timothy Baysinger of Nashville, TN; Sister, Shirley Ary of Sunnyland, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife, both parents, three sisters and four brothers. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Abts Mortuary in Pekin at 2 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior at the funeral home. Father Michael Andrejek will officiate. Private burial will be held at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin, IL.
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