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James George Shaheen

October 15, 1924 October 16, 2014
James George Shaheen
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PEORIA – James George Shaheen, 90, of Peoria passed away at 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at his residence. James was born on Oct. 15, 1924, in Oneida, N.Y., to George and Nabeeha (Farage) Shaheen. He first married Matilda Ramey. She preceded him in death in 1985. He later married Nadine O’Brien on Dec. 26, 1987, in Peoria. She survives. He is also survived by his sons, Gregory (Judy) Shaheen of Metamora and Edward (Vicki) Shaheen of Peoria; two stepdaughters, Michele (Philip) Eason of Minnesota and Sherrie (Allan) Dornon of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; one niece, Jacqueline; and one great-niece, Isabella. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanette; and his brother, Edward. James was raised in Lebanon, where he moved in 1933 and lived until 1944. He was drafted into the Army, where he served in the 5th Army Division and trained as a combat engineer, and was a Korean War veteran. During his time in the service, he was stationed in Austria. James was the owner/ operator of Midwest Sales, Inc. He participated in fundraising efforts during the construction of St. Vincent de Paul and hosted wine tastings and dinners to raise money for the Peoria Ballet. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or OSF Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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