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James “Jim” R. Bloomberg, 66 of rural Berwick, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, as a result of a farm accident.
He was born November 12, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of James and JoAnn (Carlson) Bloomberg. He was raised by his mother and her second husband, John Williams. Jim married Mary E. Ray on December 29, 1984 at the Abingdon Christian Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Mary; his children, Blake (Wravenna) Bloomberg of Secor, Jamie (Cade) Halfmann of Garden City, Texas and Jake Bloomberg of Berwick; his grandchildren, Breckyn Bloomberg, Hayzen Halfmann, Brenhem Bloomberg, Berwick Bloomberg, Bexton Bloomberg and Humble James Halfmann; his siblings, Johnny Williams of Toulon and Gina Williams of Eureka; and his beloved in-laws who were more like parents to him, David and Editha Ray of rural Berwick.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father who raised him John Williams, and one brother, Josef Bloomberg.
Jim graduated from Normal Community High School and attended Illinois State University. He was a lifelong farmer and cattleman and was a co-owner of Bloomberg Cattle with his family. He was a very active community minded person. Jim was the president of the Abingdon School Board, District 217 for 16 years. He was a member of the Illinois Simmental Board and member of the Illinois Beef Expo committee. He was a wonderful cattleman and was loved and respected by thousands across the industry. He was a renown livestock evaluator, remembered for his honesty, integrity and ability to connect with young people. He was “Mr. Fix It” around the farm and enjoyed mechanics. Most of all, he was the most loving son, husband, father, brother and forever our PaPa Jim.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2022 at the Abingdon Christian Church, 409 S. Main St. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at the Abingdon-Avon High School Gymnasium. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Black Hawk East Livestock Judging Team, where there will be a scholarship set up in his memory or to the Willing Workers 4-H Club, where all three of his children were active members. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.