Jeffery Leonard James, 54, formerly of Gardner, Illinois, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2022 at his residence in Milford, Illinois. He was born June 18, 1967 in Watseka, Illinois. Jeff had been recovering from an accident the past four years. Jeff is survived by his father, William James of Milford, Illinois; one daughter, Victoria; one son, Jack; and one aunt, Elizabeth (Lavonne) Cotter. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cathy. Jeff was previously employed by the Village of Gardner and Village of Diamond as a wastewater treatment operator and public water supply operator for many years. He had a love for forging weaponry, shooting bow and firearms, and developed a passion for cooking over the past few years. There will be a private service at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Stockland, Illinois on Saturday, May 28, 2022. May those who knew Jeff hold his memory close.