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James (Jim) R. Bantner

March 12, 1949 — December 3, 2021

James (Jim) R. Bantner, 72, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Taylorville and Springfield, Ill, passed on Friday, December 3, 2021, at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Jim will be deeply missed by his son and his family.

Jim was born March 12, 1949, in Taylorville, Ill., to Edna Earle Hancock Pearson and Robert J. Bantner. Jim graduated from Taylorville High School in 1967 and received his Associate Degree from Dallas Baptist University. He served in the US Marines Corp. His last employer before retirement was Fidelity Investments in Westlake, Texas. Jim enjoyed friends, family, and fishing.

Preceding Jim in death was his sister, Marie Watts, his father Robert J. Bantner, his stepfather Paul Pearson, his nephew Nicholas Adam Santini, and his grandparents.

Jim is survived by his son, James (Jamey) Bantner (wife Jessica) of Gillespie, Ill., three grandchildren, Bethany, Rhiannon, and Billy, two step-grandchildren Kaiya and Vance one great grandson, Bastian (Bash), Jimís mother, Edna Pearson of Taylorville, Ill.: sisters; Patricia Santini of Euless, Texas, Joy (Wreatha) DeMars of Virginia, and Paula Johnson of Texas: brothers; Paul (Lenny) Pearson (Becki) of Sevierville, Tenn., Stan Bantner (Trish) of Springfield, Ill., and Charles Pearson (Tammy) of Decatur, Ill. Also surviving are two aunts, Avo McMillen and Leta Bauer, both of Pana, Ill., several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation will be performed by Jim’s Funeral Service, Hurst, Texas. Burial will be at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, time and date TBD.

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