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James Orvil Peoples

May 17, 1933 ~ June 7, 2022 (age 89)

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Urbana – James Orvil Peoples, 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at his home in Urbana, IL.  He was born on May 17, 1933 in Glen Richey, PA to Bryan and Ruth (Heise) Peoples.  Jim married Janet Mathews on December 11, 2010 in Champaign, IL. 

Jim is survived by his children Ronald (Julie) Peoples, Michael Peoples, and Ann (Steve) Eckhardt; stepchildren Tabatha (Greg) Helm and Christopher (Kim) Mathews; grandchildren Shay, Josh, Brock, Jason, and Justin; and numerous great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Doris Peoples; children James H. Peoples and Melinda Peoples Wilkins; and his siblings. 

Jim served 21 years active military service in the United States Air Force followed by 20 years civil service at Chanute Air Force Base before his retirement.  He was a Vietnam Veteran and a 32nd degree Mason.  Jim loved to stay busy.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand and give good advice.  Jim was always smiling and he was loved by everyone he met.    

Private funeral services will be held at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 710 N Neil St. Champaign, Illinois 61820.  Graveside committal with military rites will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s name to the American Cancer Society.  Please join his family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at

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