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James Rudolph Zirkelbach


James Rudolph Zirkelbach, 86, of Benld, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023 at 12:10 a.m. at his residence in Benld.

He was born Nov. 26, 1936, in Shawneetown, to Gregory Zirkelbach and Beulah (Vaughn) Zirkelbach.

He married Mary V. Lebro on Aug. 12, 1977 in Carlinville, IL.

James was a retired Sheriff for Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department in Carlinville, a member of the Macoupin – Montgomery Crime Stoppers, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, Former board member for Community Unit School District #7, Amvets and a former member of the Macoupin County Board .

He is survived by his wife, Mary Zirkelbach of Benld; sons, Robert (Sandee) Zirkelbach of Carlisle, IA, Dennis (Julie) Zirkelbach of Eagarville, James Zirkelbach of Benld, Mark (Sandy) Zirkelbach of Kemp, TX, Brad Zirkelbach of Wentzville, MO; daughters, Tracy (Bret) Werner of Hamel, Joan (Brent) Cain of Carlinville, Kimberly J. (Jack) Burns of Benld; brothers, Andrew (Shirley) Zirkelbach of Alton, Eugene (Ruth) Zirkelbach of Kampsville; sister, Pat Navarre of Godfrey.

James was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian Zirkelbach; sister, Cecelia Zirkelbach; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Zirkelbach.

Visitation was on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023 at Kravanya Funeral Home 203 E. Elm St., Gillespie, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services are Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home 203 E. Elm St., Gillespie, with Pastor Bob Zirkelbach officiating. Burial will be at Benld Cemetery in Benld.

Memorials are suggested to Crimestoppers or to Gillespie High School Cross Country.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.