James L. “Jim” Hammer, 87, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:00 P.M. Friday, June 2, 2023, at home.
His funeral will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Curtis Glawe officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, Rural Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Fire Protection District, Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jim was born on February 24, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a son of Jess Willard and Zeo Margaret Shreve Hammer. He married Mary K. Seifert on September 14, 1956, at the Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rural Farmer City, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Hammer of Farmer City; son, James Michael (Janine) Hammer of Farmer City; daughter, Jill Ann (Stephen) Moak of Farmer City; four grandchildren, Logan Michael (Jamie Marie) Hammer, Cole Jeffrey (Laura June) Hammer, Jordan Michelle (Wes) Propst, and Madison Moak; six great-grandchildren, Evan Michael Hammer and Alex Marie Hammer; Charlotte, Reese and Nora Propst; and Riley Sheppard; sister, Bonnie (Craig) Wright of Farmer City; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Lynn Hammer, parents, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kathryn Hammer.
Jim was a 1954, graduate of Moore High School, Farmer City, Illinois. He was a machinist at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, from 1955 to 1962. He moved to Farmer City in 1962, and started Hammer Heating and retired in 2000.
Jim was a member of the Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Farmer City volunteer fireman for forty years and was a trustee for the Farmer City Fire Department for fourteen years; member of the Woodlawn Country Club since 1964, and was a trustee for the Woodlawn Country Club for fourteen years; former member of the Farmer City Jaycee’s. He served as an Alderman from Ward I for the City of Farmer City.