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James A. Vilt

MILLERSPORT, Ohio — Mr. James A. Vilt, 64, of Millersport, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Born May 6, 1948, in Joliet, Ill., James was the son of the late Joseph “Tut” Vilt and Mary (Pallas) Vilt. 

Jim was raised and educated in Coal City.

After graduating from Coal City High School, James entered the Army and later the Army Airborne serving in the Air Artillery for 18 months. He was later employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and finished his career working for 7-Eleven convenience stores. He eventually retired to Ohio with some of his Army buddies.

Survivors include his brother Keith (Jill) Vilt of Coal City; a sister, Mary Ann Vilt of Morris; a brother-in-law, Bill Willet; nieces, Julie (Darrin) Hutchings and Devan (Jason) Gagliardo of Coal City; nephews, Jeff (Jen) Vilt of Coal City and David (Randi) Jackman of Gardner; great-niece, Madeline Hutchings; great-nephews, Jacob Joshua and Joseph Hutchings and Easton Jackman; and a special Vietnam buddy, Robert Lee of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Madeline Jackman Willet; and a brother-in-law, Melvin William Jackman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at the Ferrari Funeral Chapel in Coal City. Father Brian Shepley will officiate.

Interment and full military honors will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

Visitation will also be from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, until the time of service at Ferrari Funeral Services (corner of Spring Road and Ferrari Drive) in Coal City.

Memorial contributions in James’s name may be directed to a disabled veteran’s fund.

Condolences to the family can be shared online at

Ferrari Funeral Chapel in Coal City is in charge of arrangements.

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