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James Roger Nora

July 7, 1931 September 9, 2019
James Roger Nora
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Obituary for James Roger Nora

James R. “Jim” Nora, 88, of Peoria passed away at 10:45 AM Monday, Sept. 9 at The Lutheran Hillside Village.

Jim was born on July 7, 1931 in Dubuque, Iowa to James & Irma Nora. He married Harriett Amsler on August 19, 1961. She survives.

Also surviving are three children; Angie (Bob) Geppner of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jamie (Dion) Hoegh and Joe (Jill) Nora, all of Peoria, nine grandchildren; Kelsey (Philip) Stella, Molly, Abbey, Lily Geppner, Emily & Gia Hoegh, and Jacob, Ellie, & Luke Nora, one sister, Kaye (Ed) Miller and brother, Jack (Kay) Nora, both of California and many nieces & nephews.

Jim was a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque & joined Glens Falls Insurance Co. in Glens Falls, New York in 1955. This is the time of one of Jim’s greatest stories he would tell to anyone who would listen, his brush with fame as a New York Yankee. He loved baseball, had a great arm, & pitched for a Yankee farm team in New York but when asked to travel, he declined as he was committed to his new job.

He was transferred to their Peoria office in 1958 where he met “H”, and the rest is history. He was in the insurance business for almost 60 years, next with Fireman’s Fund, then Arnold, Morse, Scott Agency, and finally The Hawk Agency, from where he retired after 25 years.

His love for baseball continued, coaching Joe in Little League and Pony League, then helped groom Bergan High School’s athletic fields for many years with his fellow “Lemon Heads”. He loved watching the Peoria Chiefs play, and enjoyed his last game on Aug 18. He also loved golf, especially at Arrowhead, and preferred walking and carrying his bag, he said it made him play better.

Jim was so proud of all nine of his beloved grandchildren, and loved cheering them on in all their activities. He and H loved traveling, especially enjoyed Cubs Spring Training and family vacations in Pensacola, Florida and Harbor Springs, Mich.

In recent years he looked forward to ringing the bell for The Salvation Army at Christmas, often becoming overzealous to get that clink in the bucket.

A very special thanks to Ronda Wolf, our angel from Heaven, and to the staff at The Lutheran Home for their loving and excellent care.

Cremation has been accorded.

Celebration of Life visitation will be at Wright & Salmon Mortuary on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm.

A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, 10 am at St Philomena Catholic Church, where he was a member for over 50 years, with visitation at 9 30 am until the start of the mass.

Fr. David Richardson will officiate.

Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army or Notre Dame High School Boosters

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com


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Visitation

Sunday

15

Sep

4:00 PM 9/15/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/15/2019 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Monday

16

Sep

9:30 AM 9/16/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9/16/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

16

Sep

10:00 AM 9/16/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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Salvation Army

Peoria Notre Dame High School Boosters

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