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Obituary for James H. Range

James Henry “Sonny Man” Range, 77, of Galesburg, died at 6:05 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2017 in the home of his son, Keith, with his family by his side.

Jim was born July 25, 1939 in Galesburg, the son of George and Otea Williams Range.  He married Deanne Ryden, they later divorced.  He then married Jacqueline Oliver.  He is survived by sons, Kevin (Juanita) Cunningham of Galesburg, Jeffery (Kimberly) Cunningham of Springfield, MO, Keith (Raylynn) Cunningham, Sr., of Galesburg; Jimmy (Jessica) Range of Jacksonville, FL, and Joey (Sharla) Range of Galesburg; daughters, Dena (Roderic) Woods and Kathy Cunningham, both of Galesburg; additional sons, Curtis (Donna) Cunningham of Galesburg and Kenneth (Rachel) Cunningham of Dubuque, IA; and an additional daughter, Teresa Howe of Galesburg.  He is also survived by two sisters, Zelma Howell of Quincy and Joyce Johnson of East Moline; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers and sisters, and the mother of his children, Ola Mae Coleman Cunningham.

Jim worked at Butler, Mfg. for many years.  He later worked for Project Now.  He was a talented Blue’s musician, playing in several bands, including the Mud Sharks and Steady Rollin’.  He also enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially fishing and hunting.  He attended Lighthouse Baptist Church.  He was a quiet man, but always enjoyed being with his family.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.  Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.  His daughter in law, Rev. Raylynn Cunningham will officiate.  Burial will follow in East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg.  Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church, 247 Blaine Ave., Galesburg, IL 61401.

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Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401





11:00 AM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

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East Linwood Cemetery

W. Main St.
Galesburg, Illinoi 61401


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