James Michael Dycus, 69, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away November 2, 2018 at the Marion VA Community Living Center after a long battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme brain cancer. Jim was born on September 30, 1949 to Donald Walker and Frances Jean (Keil) Dycus. He grew up and graduated high school in Waltonville, IL. He married Margaret Ann Robinson on November 18, 1972. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Donald R. Dycus and his sister Karen Throgmorton. He is survived by Margaret his wife of 46 years, his two daughters Elizabeth (Ross) Bunton and Jennifer (John) Lewis, and five grandchildren Phoebe, Alexander, Reagan, Kennedy, & Michael. He is also survived by two sisters Tracey (Elic) Adams of Bonnie and Polly Molnar of Springfield
Jim was a Vietnam Veteran serving in U.S. Army before going to work for Old Ben Coal Company at Mine #21 as coal miner for 14 years. Later Jim started his own company Rend Lake Lodging & Development and perused a number of construction and housing related endeavors.
Jim was a long time member at Ina Free Will Baptist Church in Ina, Illinois and he co-founded, with his partner Gary Curry from Ada, Oklahoma, a non-profit organization called Bridge Builders for the Cross dedicated to bridging the gap between oceans and people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bridge Builder’s primary efforts are directed toward providing humanitarian aid while applying and sharing the teachings of the Bible. Jim has traveled, worked & ministered in several countries across the globe with great compassion, but he has a special relationship with those he worked alongside in the country of Cuba. With an abundantly generous heart and compassionate burden to help in areas large and small, Jim has left a deep and lasting impression on the lives of countless people across the globe.
All services will be held on Saturday, November 10 at Ina Free Will Baptist Church in Ina, Illinois, with Bro. David Shores and Bro. Brad Ryan officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with funeral services to follow. In lieu of Flowers donations may be made to Ina Free Will Baptist Church, Bridge Builders for the Cross (bbftc.org/howtohelp), or HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes (hooahdeerhuntforheroes.com/donate). Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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