From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
JIM FELLERS DIES IN TRUCK-SEMI COLLISION OCTOBER 24, 1974
Funeral services for Mr. Fellers were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at St. Paul Lutheran church in Forrest. Rev. Roger McAbee officiated. Interment was in Pleasant Ridge cemetery. He was taken to the church one hour before services. Culkin Funeral Home, Forrest, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Richard Haab, James Luttrell, Richard Dempsey, Gary Fellers, James Cantrell and Orville Kuperschmid. Organist was Mrs. Ronald Horine of Forrest. He was manager of Forrest Redi-Mix the past 15 years. Mr. Fellers was killed in a truck-semi collision at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night, near Chatsworth, on U.S. 24. According to State Police, Swistak stated that he was westbound on U.S. 24 and Fellers who was driving a 1974 Chevrolet El Camino, was eastbound. Swistak said that the Fellers vehicle crossed the center line, so he pulled off to the right shoulder (northside of the highway), but Fellers continued into the westbound lane where he struck the rear tandem on the tractor, and slid under the left side of the trailer tandem. The El Camino then bounced off the semi and came to rest in the ditch on the southside of U.S. 24. Von Qualen will schedule an inquest. State Trooper John Dittmer investigated at the scene of the fatel accident. He was born June 26, 1930, at Chatsworth, a son of James A. and Jean Sleeth Fellers. He married Bonnie Roth September 11, 1949, at Forrest. Surviving are his wife, Forrest; a daughter , Mrs. Victoria Corrigan, Bloomington; his parents of Wing; one brother, Kenneth (Jake) Fellers, Forrest; two sisters, Mrs. Beverly Cantrell, Quincy and Mrs. Janice Fox, Chenoa. He was a member and past president of the Forrest Business Association, Chatsworth Sportsman club, Pontiac Moose Lodge, Indian Creek Country club, former Forrest fire chief and a fireman for many years. Also he was a member of St. Paul Lutheran church of Forrest and Lutheran Men's League.