James D Galbreath

January 8, 1956 ~ December 29, 2019 (age 63)


James D. Galbreath, age 63, of La Grange Highlands, Illinois died at 9:25 am on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Jim was born in Monmouth, Illinois on January 8, 1956, the son of Dale Galbreath and Evva Brown Galbreath. He attended Kirkwood and Yorkwood schools, graduating in 1974. Jim was a 1978 graduate on Monmouth College where he majored in chemistry. Following graduation he worked briefly in quality control at Wilson Foods in Monmouth. He then worked at UOP, a petroleum processing company, retiring in 2015 as a project engineer after over 30 years with the company. His work required travel to places as varied as London, England and Baku, Azerbaijan. 
Jim pursed numerous interests. He built his own computers. He was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed kayaking. Most recently he was learning to sail and at times was able to crew for others. Jim is survived by four sisters and brothers in law: Mary Distin and Gary; Sharon Jacobson and Atlee; Patricia Yakle and Monte; and Beverly McCue and Kenneth. He is also survived by ten nieces and nephews and six great nephews. He is preceded in his death by his parents. 

A celebration of Jim's life was held after his cremation on January 4, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the William Tell Holiday Inn, Countryside. A memorial service is currently being planned at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, on Saturday March 21, 2020 at 10:00 am. Interment of his ashes will then be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg, Illinois. The family plans to receive friends following the interment.  A memorial fund is being established for either Monmouth College or Boy Scouts of America. To leave a condolence or for more information please visit

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Celebration of Life
January 4, 2020

3:00 PM
William Tell Holiday Inn

January 4, 2020

5:00 PM
William Tell Holiday Inn

Memorial Service
March 21, 2020

10:00 AM
Turnbull Funeral Homes
301 South Main St.
Monmouth, IL 61462

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