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James Neal Elens

June 9, 1942 ~ June 2, 2018 (age 75)


James Neal Elens

Age 75, passed away on Saturday June 2, 2018 at his home, with family by his side.

Born June 9, 1942 in Joliet, Illinois and a lifetime area resident.  Attended and Graduated Joliet Township High School.   Served in the United States Army three years, Stationed in Germany.  Retired in 2002 from the E.J.&E. Railroad Company Police Department after 36 years of service with the Company.  Was employed by the University of Illinois, Police Training Institute for five years as a firearms instructor.  Was a member of Ingalls Park United Methodist Church and active in the United Methodist Men’s Club.

Preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Cheryl (Howland) Elens; parents, John and Ella Elens; one infant daughter Heather Ann; one infant grandson J.T.; one sister Nancy (Spencer) Phillips.

Survived by three daughters Annette L. Elens, Kelly W. (Andrew) Clements and Sandra K. (Shane) Vogel; four grandsons David N. Clements, Shawn Vogel, Anthony “A.J.” Vogel and Jacob Vogel; one granddaughter Stephanie Clements.

Following the wishes of Jim Elens, cremation will be accorded,  with private interment of cremains at Elmhurst Cemetery at a later date.   Memorials to Pets for Vets, Chicagoland, P.O. Box 10860, Wilmington, NC 28404 would be appreciated.

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