Richard James “Jim” Carver


Richard James “Jim” Carver, 71, of Quincy, IL, passed away at 5:51 am Thursday, January 19, 2023 at his home.

A Funeral Ceremony will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy. Pastor Lance Hoelscher will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy with full military honors by American Legion Post #37 and the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.

Friends and Family are invited to Jim’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Monday, January 23, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy.

Jim was born February 4, 1951, in Quincy, IL to Bruce Raymond and Bessie M. (Rakouski) Carver.

He was married to Kathy Drennan on October 21, 1993 in South Padre, TX. She survives.

In addition to his wife, other survivors include five children, Kimberly Dodd (Darin) of Quincy, IL, Timothy R. Carver of Elmwood, IL, Tamala Huston (James) of Quincy, IL, Emilee Butler (Dillon) of Quincy, IL, and Drennan Carver of Quincy, IL; 13 grandchildren, Teghan, Paige (Anthony), Karson, Payton, Madalyn, Paysley, Mason, Presley, Myles, Drew, Drake, Olivia, and Addison; two great-grandchildren, Paxton and Charley; and two brothers, Raymond Carver of Chicago, IL and Ron Seals (Linda) of Hannibal, MO.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Bessie; his stepmother, Bernice; his foster parents, Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Hall; and his stepbrother, Gary Seals.

Jim proudly served his country in the United State Marine Corps from 1970-1973.

Jim was a police officer for the Quincy Police Department for 5 years, Adams County Sheriff’s department for 20 years, and Illinois Veterans Home for 12 years.

Jim had a plethora of hobbies and interests. He enjoyed being outdoors pontoon boating on the river, hunting, and target shooting at the gun range. He was a talented carpenter and even built a deck onto his house. Like a true carpenter, he knew that a roll of duct tape could fix anything! Jim also loved traveling all over. He enjoyed trips out west to visit the Grand Canyon with his kids, California to visit his foster parents, Current River 3-day canoe trips, week-long Disney Cruises and Disney World trips as a family, and trips to Yellowstone, Vegas, and Branson. One extra special trip was he and Kathy’s 20th anniversary trip back to South Padre, TX where they got married. An avid shuffleboard player, his love for the game started while playing at Larry’s Tavern with his dad. He loved it so much that for their 25th wedding anniversary, Kathy purchased him one of his own, which quickly became a family favorite activity. Playing chess, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and studying history were a few of his other favorite things. He knew facts about all the presidents and was also very interested in the Indian Wars and Custer’s Last Stand. He especially had a great deal of respect for President Nixon for two reasons: he willing enlisted himself in the Navy during WWII, and he ended the Vietnam War, which allowed Jim to quit fighting the war and come home. In Jim’s eyes, Nixon saved his life. If Jim wasn’t watching a history program on TV, he likely had it tuned to The Andy Griffith Show or something with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne. He also enjoyed the classic country tunes of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, but his favorite songs were “American Pie” and “Highway Man”. And although he was typically a healthy eater as well as a jogger, Jim enjoyed occasionally splurging on ribs, apple pie, or Kelly’s takeout. Above all, family meant so much to Jim. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing, throwing the football and baseball with his kids, having family get-togethers over fish fries, playing pool with his father, and visiting his brother Raymond in Chicago. He never missed anyone’s birthday, and you always knew he was thinking of you when you got one of his always-appreciated birthday cards. He was known for helping anyone when they needed it, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim will be remembered for his service to our country, our community, but most importantly, to his family.

Jim was a member of the Lutheran Church of St. John in Quincy.

Pallbearers will be Tim Carver, Drennan Carver, Anthony Hendren, James Huston, Dillon Butler, and Darin Dodd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Dodd, Drake Dodd, Mason Cain, and Myles Cain.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Chaddock’s Foster and Adoption Services.

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