James Richard Muir, 89, of Odell passed away June 30, 2021 at 1:16 p.m. at his residence in Odell. His service will be Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Duffy – Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home with Pastor Janeen Tronc officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Pontiac, with full military rites. Visitation was Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Duffy – Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac. Duffy – Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. James was born August 27, 1931 in Pontiac to Fred and Margaret (Semple) Muir. He married Carol Ann Pearson on July 24, 1953 in Odell, IL. She passed away on September 17, 2011. Surviving are his children: Jennifer L. Muir of Gastonia, NC and Jeff A. (Patti) Muir of Pontiac, IL; three grandchildren: Tony Muir of Gastonia, NC; Abby Muir of Blooming-ton; and Olivia Muir of Pontiac; and one sister, Mary Margaret Furry of Tecumseh, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; one brother, Chuck F. Muir; and one sister, Katie W. Butterfield. James graduated from Odell High School, class of 1949. He had farmed his entire life in the Odell area. He was a member of the United Church of Odell, County Board Member for more than 36 years, Lions Club of Odell, and American Legion of Odell. Jim was a friend to everyone he met and was always quick to lend a helping hand. He loved the family farm and loved spending time with his grandchildren. His infectious laughter will be greatly missed by his family and friends. James had served in the United States Marines from 1952 to 1953 in Edington, NC, four months in Japan. The family suggests memorials be made to United Church of Odell or Odell Public Library. Online condolences may be made to the family at: duffyfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.

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