James "Tip" Collver

Born: Tue., Apr. 21, 1931
Died: Wed., May 22, 2019


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., May 28, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., May 28, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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James “Tip” Collver, age 88, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Liberty Village in Pittsfield.  He was born on April 21, 1931 in Pittsfield, IL to Frank and Eva Hoos Collver.  He married Phyllis Smith on October 27, 1962, and she preceded him in death on September 27, 2012.

Tip graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1949, and then joined the United States Navy in 1951.  After his honorable discharge from the service in 1953, he became involved in numerous business ventures including the purchase of the Barber News Agency and running the Comrades Inn with his brother, Curly and their father.  Tip owned and operated The Bowl on the square in Pittsfield from 1957 until 1970, and also was a supervisor at Federal Crop Insurance Corporation serving a nine county area.  He accepted a rural mail carrier position, where he delivered mail for 20 years, retiring in 1997.  He later opened the Collver Family Winery in 2002, and operated it until its closing in 2015.  Tip also farmed on his family farm northeast of Pittsfield for his entire life.  He was a Charter member of the Old Orchard Country Club and the American Legion Post #152.  Tip enjoyed bowling, playing on leagues in Pittsfield, as well as golfing.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.  He also liked to paint wine bottles and made candles in earlier years that he sold at the Brass Lion in Pittsfield.  Tip was an entrepreneur, and a quiet and hardworking man.

He is survived by his children, Tim Collver, Andrea Hess, and Andy Collver; four grandchildren, Rachel (Brian Wright) Hess, Matthew Hess, Jace Collver, and Julia Collver; two great grandchildren, Jacen Wright and Elijah Wright; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Collver; his wife, Phyllis Collver; brother, Frank “Curly” Collver; sister, Smantha Collver; nephew, Mike Smith; and niece, Carol O’Malley.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post #152 or the Pittsfield Public Library.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organizations:

American Legion Post #152

Pittsfield Public Library

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Teresa Lanhum Kunzeman
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
I am sorry to hear about your dad passing. I didn't know it until this morning. I am at work in Springfield. Jim is on the road driving for DOT Foods. Mom (Rita) had a doctor's appointment in Quincy at 11:00 today. We are very sorry for your loss and feel bad that we are not able to be there for you during this sad time. Just remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rita Andress
Jim Lanhum
Teresa Kunzeman

Bob and Kathleen Dunn
   Posted Tue May 28, 2019
We are so sorry to just learn of your father’s passing this afternoon. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Tim & Nancy Halpin
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss. I noted that he was in the PHS class of 1949; same as my dad. Thinking of you all.

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