James L. “Jim” Aschenbrenner, 72, of Morton, formerly of Chenoa, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home. Jim was born July 14, 1946 to Edward and Deah (Enyart) Aschenbrenner in Pontiac. He married Peggy Valentine on June 28, 1969, in Smithton. She survives.
Jim is also survived by three sons, Curt Aschenbrenner of Morton, Greg (Julie) Aschenbrenner of Belleville and Brad (Rebecca) Aschenbrenner of Marquette Heights; four grandchildren, Megan Schobert, McGwire Aschenbrenner, Karson Aschenbrenner and Brittan Aschenbrenner; one great-grandson, Chevy Schobert; three brothers, Norman (Villa) Aschenbrenner, Garland (Wini) Aschenbrenner and Melvin (Debby) Aschenbrenner; one step-brother, Brian Freeze; one step-sister, Judy Freel; one sister-in-law, Rita Aschenbrenner; four brothers-in-law, Mike (Pat) Valentine, Danny Valentine, Corby (Sharon) Valentine and Tim (Michelle) Valentine; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Keith Aschenbrenner; and one brother-in-law, Buddy Valentine.
Jim was an Army Veteran, having served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968.
Jim was a devoted husband and father and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandson. He enjoyed taking his children to the railroad when he was working. Jim was friendly to everyone he met. He was a man of great character and had a wonderful sense of humor.
A visitation will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Smithton, with a visitation one hour prior. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Smithton-Franklin Cemetery in Smithton.
Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans Association. To view Jim’s video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.