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James  W. Preston

Obituary for James W. Preston

March 29, 1934 - April 29, 2021
McHenry, Illinois | Age 87

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend


James W. Preston of McHenry passed away on April 29, 2021 in Bradenton, Florida with his loving family by his side. He was 87. Jim was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 29, 1934, the son of James S. and Marguerite Preston.

Jim married Joan Bergdahl in Chicago on March 3, 1956. They moved to Ringwood in1959 to raise their family. Jim worked for Specialty Foods in Melrose Park, Illinois for 33 years. He ended his career there as its CEO. Jim was also an accomplished florist, learning that craft from his parents while helping them run Preston's Flowers in Evanston, Illinois. Jim was also a dedicated community servant his entire adult life. He was a Shriner and Master of his Masonic Lodge. He served on the committee to have Ringwood School join the Johnsburg School District. More recently, Jim presided over the town's Board of Zoning for Ringwood's expansion, and continued serving on its Village Board for six years. He was a youth baseball coach in Wonder Lake and Johnsburg for nearly two decades. He served as a school board member in Johnsburg for 12 years, and was instrumental in the consolidation of Johnsburg School District 12 upon the creation of Johnsburg High School. Jim loved spending time with his family and countless friends. He enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad. Jim was very proud of all his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He loved going to all of their school and sporting events, and never missed a family celebration. Jim was loved by many and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Jim Preston is survived by his partner, Mary Jo O'Brien; his five children: Robert (Beth) Preston, William (Patricia) Preston, Nancy (William) Dolan, Richard (Juli) Preston, Jeffrey (Jill) Preston; his grandchildren: Steven (Jennifer) Preston, Bradley (Kelly) Preston, Sara McDonald, Marguerite Preston, Kelcie Dolan, Natalie Dolan, Ian Preston, Jonathan Preston, Michael Preston, James Jeffrey Preston, and Jacob Preston; his great grandchildren: Carter Preston, AJ Preston, Lukas
Preston, Jack Preston, Rory McDonald, Brogan McDonald, and Grady McDonald. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Joan Preston; his parents: James and Marguerite Preston, and his sister Betty Jean Frederick.

Visitation will take place on Friday May 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, Illinois.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday May 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 404 North Green Street, McHenry,
Illinois. Jim's funeral service will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook via Shepherd of the Hills Church.

Due to current CDC Covid 19 mandates, 50 people will be allowed within the funeral home
facilities at a single time and all attendees must wear a mask while on funeral home premises.
We welcome everyone who would like to attend but ask that you make your visit brief in order
to allow for everyone in attendance to be able to have an opportunity to show their support for
the family.

For more information, contact the funeral home at 815.385.0063 or

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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