Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

Today is

James B. Breedlove

James B. Breedlove, 59, of Dewey died at 10:06 a.m., Friday (Jan. 5, 2018), at Carle Foundation Hospital.

“Jim” was born December 31, 1958 in Urbana, IL, the oldest son of William B. and breedloveDorothy (Peterson) Breedlove. He was raised in rural Dewey, Illinois,with his younger brother, Carl. Jim was a 1977 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Surviving relatives include: Aunts, Naomi (Breedlove) Maxwell and Madelyn (Breedlove) Mofield; and many cousins. Other survivors include: Melanie Watson, Maris Watson-Hall, Mercedes Watson-Hall, Marcia Clark, Kierra Clark, Curtis Clark, Collin Clark, and special friend, Michelle Kaiser-Martin.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Carl; half-sister, Sharon (Holt) Watson; half-brother, Larry Holt; and his grandparents. 

During his career, Jim was employed by several trucking companies, most recently White Line Trucking from 2009 until his death. Jim enjoyed his job, spending time with family and friends, and had a lifelong love of farming.

American playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder said, “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude,” and there was much to be grateful for. His kind, gentle soul, genuine smile, easy laugh, and generous heart were treasured. His quiet confidence, common sense, humility and honesty were respected.  His numerous skills, love of nature and love of the land were admired. His ability to love life by living simply and simply living was exemplary.  He was a blessing and he will be greatly missed.     

As per his wishes, no formal memorial service was held. A private family remembrance celebration will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of choice.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



We have been neighbors of the Breedlove's since the late 1960's. Jim was a good man, a gentle man. We were not in contact very often after his mom died but we always knew he was quietly there by us.

With deep respect and sympathy,

Tom and Paulette Willard and family, Dewey, Illinois