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James A. Jennings
4/10/1972 - 6/3/2012

MANITO ~ James Anthony "Tony" Jennings, 40, of rural Manito, formerly of Pekin, passed away at 5:15p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012 in rural Mason County as the result of a single car accident.

He was born April 10, 1972, in Champaign to Herman and Jeannine (Kuhn) Jennings.  He was engaged to be married June 21, 2012, to Danielle J. Stiltz. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, Brett Jennings of Morton; father and step-mother, Herman and Diana Jennings, Jr. of McDonough, GA; one sister, Traci Jennings of Pekin; and one brother, Tom (Melanie) Jennings of Washington. He also leaves behind his beloved four-legged companion, Baby Boy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeannine Jennings.

He graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1990 and attended Illinois Central College.  Tony worked in the area as a mechanic, truck driver, and most recently, landscaping and construction.

He was a member of Sand Ridge Community Church in Topeka.

Tony grew up on the ice as he played hockey from the age 5 through adulthood and even worked as a referee.  He began youth hockey as a forward but found his purpose when he switched to goalie.  Tony will always be remembered as a phenomenal goalkeeper.

He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and, never being one to sit still, took every advantage of it.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, landscaping, and caring for his plants and animals.   He loved his friends and family and was looking forward to starting a new chapter of his life with Danielle and her son, Shawn.  Tony will always be remembered for helping those he could, his quick wit and good natured pranks, energetic attitude, and the boyish grin that told everything about him.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with a memorial service following at 3 pm.  His cremated remains will be buried next to his mother in Vine Street Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sand Ridge Community Church, 26163 County Road 2500 N., Topeka, IL 61567 or to the American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org).

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Chuck & Lisa Otto - Friend

Tammy Helman - Friend

Lisa Hauck Riggs - Friend

Rustin Regentz - friend

Marc Wheeler - Hockey

Matthew Nash - Friend

Todd & Amy Hasty - Friends

Rhonda Hodges - hockey family

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Kathy & Gerald Cox - neighbor

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Barbi Nordvall - Friend

Jason Sidell - Friend

Tyler McCoy - Friend

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Steve & Carol Garceau - Friends

Ron Galloway - Friend

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