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Peoria - James A. Schuster, 77, of Peoria, passed away at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born March 21, 1939 in Auburn, Ill., to Carl and Grace (Hanson) Schuster. He married Martha Eadie on Aug. 18, 2007, in Morton.
Surviving are his wife, Martha Schuster of Peoria; one daughter, Ellen (Tom) Benson of Metamora; one son, Phillip Schuster of Morton; three step-sons, Phil (Jessica) Olsson of Indianapolis, Ind., Scott (Jackie) Olsson of Lander, Wyo., and Daniel (Chat) Olsson of Manilla, Philippines; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Alex Benson; nine step-grandchildren, Kephas, Felicity, Philomena, Josephina, Elizabetha, Catherina, Hieronymous and Cadence Coe Olsson and Carl Orellano; three sisters, Donna (Leonard) Garbacz of Waterford, Mich., Margaret (Gene) Kaufman of Auburn, Ill., and Lynn (Tom) Hunley of Auburn, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Joey Schuster of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He served for six years in the Army Reserves as a Sharpshooter.
Early in his career, James was a high school math teacher in Decatur at Douglas MacArthur High School before joining the Caterpillar CIS Department. He retired from Caterpillar in 1997 after 27 years.
James enjoyed his retirement fishing with his son and wood working. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals.
James was active in his church participating on the finance committee and Sunday school group.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Morton United Methodist Church in Morton, with Pastor Gary Motta officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Hirstein Cemetery in Morton.
Memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Building Fund.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center is handling arrangements.