James R. Ayres, Sr. age 83, of Alta passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm at Proctor Hospital Unity Point in Peoria.

James was a U.S. Airborne Ranger with the Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. He was a member of the Chillicothe American Legion Post 9.

A funeral service was held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home. Burial will be held in the Blue Ridge Cemetery near Chillicothe. Memorials may be made to the Dunlap Fire Protection Department. James online memorial website may be viewed at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com