12/25/1935 - 3/17/2012
Jim was employed as a claims adjuster and supervisor with Country Finance for over 35 years, a place where he made many lifetime friends, and which furthered his curiosity in home improvement and automobile restoration. He rebuilt and enjoyed owning over 60 classic automobiles, ranging from 60’s muscle cars to foreign convertibles. In addition, he had a lifetime fascination with electronics beginning with building crystal radios in the 1940’s as a boy, which continued into later years with an interest in the latest computer and TV technologies. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an exemplary role model in preparing his children in how to lead a successful and happy life.
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PHOENIX- James David Tretter, 76, of Phoenix, AZ (formerly of Springfield and Gillespie) passed away after battling cancer on March 17, 2012. He was of the Catholic faith, and a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral.
He was born in Gillespie, IL on December 25, 1935 to Albert and Anna Tretter. He married Bernice M. Limper on February 24, 1962. He graduated from Gillespie High School, and took courses at Eastern Illinois University. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard.
In addition to his wife, Bernice, he is survived by his five children: daughters Carla (Gregg) Curry, Catherine (Chris) Curry, Susan (R.P.) Bonham, sons David (Tammi) Tretter and Michael Tretter. He was very proud of his nine grandsons: Alex, Max and Luke Curry, Michael and Will Curry, Grant and Jackson Tretter, and Brooks and Gage Bonham. Also surviving is one sister, Clara Parker of Granite City, IL, and numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Michael, Joseph and Albert Tretter; two sisters, Elizabeth Meyers and Catherine Tretter, and a nephew.
Donations in Jim’s memory can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region, 928 S. Spring, Springfield, IL 62704 or at http://bbbscapitalregion.org/support_general.php