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James Nees

June 22, 1925 — July 6, 2021

James W. Nees, age 96, of Houston, TX, formerly of Chillicothe, IL, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Brighton Senior Living in Texas.

James was born on June 22, 1925 in Ezra, IL to Joseph Henry and Eva (Crane) Nees.  He married Donna Lee Taylor on December 23, 1950 in Chillicothe.  She preceded him in death on March 17, 1985.  Also preceding him in death are his parents; his siblings; and one son, James Marty Nees.

Surviving are his daughter, Christie A. (Christopher G.) Pfaff of Houston, TX; his son, Monte Lee (Jo Nell) Nees of Houston, TX; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

James served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952.  He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for over 30 years retiring in 1986.  James was a member of the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Chillicothe City Cemetery on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1pm.  Memorials may be made in James’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.  Arrangements are under the care of Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.  Online condolences may be made through

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