James R. Crocker

March 8, 1959 - June 7, 2020

James R. Crocker


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James R. Crocker, 61 of Poplar Grove, IL died peacefully June 7, 2020 in Rockford, IL. He was born in Rockford to James and Edress (Fenton) Crocker on March 8, 1959. James married his sweetheart, Toni Hall on September 1, 2001 in Belvidere, IL. He worked as a showroom manager for Kobyco Inc. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, music , gardening and the Oakland Raiders. He had a special fondness for his dog, Barron. He treasured his friends and was always willing to give a helping hand.
James was loved and will be dearly missed by his wife, Toni; daughters, Michelle (Anthony) Hyser and Rachel Crocker; sister, Sandra Bjorklund; grandchildren, Nikolas and Frejya Hyser and Aaliyah Williams; nieces and nephews, Erik and Patrick (Britt) Bjorklund, Cash, Caden, Cael and Camdyn Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be private. Services will be live streamed at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020. Rev. Keith Richard will officiate.
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Service Schedule

Thursday, June 11, 2020
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Services will be private and live streamed.

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Jimmy and I threw papers. I’d help him on his morning route. I’d sub a route, then run over and help Jimmy on his routes. Mr. Crocker would be up helping Jimmy fold the Sunday papers for two routes. Mr. Crocker had me housesit the day Sandra was married. Mr. Crocker as well as Jimmy were great guys. Mr. Crocker when I ran into him would always take the time to speak with me. Two great people that will be missed and remembered. Jimmy’s mom was nice, as well. Jimmy, rest in peace.

Robert Aleshire 2020-06-14T14:13:59

Jim will be missed so much! I first met him working at Morts and then my husband and I became friends with Jim. He always knew how to make us smile and laugh. We feel blessed to have known him. Rest in peace my friend.

Tammy Stover 2020-06-12T09:49:04

Jim was a great Such a great guy. I knew him and served him at “morts mart” in poplar grove. It was always so nice to see him pull in to The parking lot. You knew he had a joke or Something funny or just a kind word to say. He was always smiling. That’s how I will remember him. Enjoy your next journey my friend.

Kathy mcmaster 2020-06-12T08:49:11

I work at Mort’s and knew my day was almost over when he would pop in on his way home from work to buy something. Loved his commentary about the day or how he joked with us ladies at the store. Will be missed terribly.

Laura Richert

Laura 2020-06-12T08:39:57

Jim was like family to us growing up. We lived behind the Crockers and shared many years together. Jim was a great friend growing up and the gang of neighborhood kids spent hours together riding our bikes and exploring everywhere. Jimmy had the blue stingray bike that we all wish we had. Rest In Peace Jimmy. You will be missed.

Jeff Nelson 2020-06-10T15:50:29

My condolences to the entire Crocker family,

I grew up with Jim “jimmy” as we called him when we were little. I lived behind Jim and we grew up together. We went to the same schools and ran around the neighborhood with the same friends. I have fond memories of our childhood together. We rode our bicycles together many miles during the summer months. I remember playing in our backyards, up at Highland Park and riding our bikes with the other neighbor kids to “Earls” on Jackson Ave. to get bags of candy. Jim was the perfect friend to grow up with. He will be missed.

Michael Nelson 2020-06-10T15:10:18

Our love and prays are with you. May your wonderful memories help support you.

Ralph and Carol Hoekstra 2020-06-10T09:44:34

Dear Toni, Our deepest sympathies to you at this very difficult time. May you find strength through the love of family and friends and peace over time and through wonderful memories. Sending our love and hugs.
Kerry & Kristi Garman

Kristi Garman 2020-06-09T18:18:44

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with him when I stopped by to visit my son-Mike Martin. With Deepest Sympathy, Marge Martin

Margie Martin 2020-06-09T17:37:25

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. He was a great guy with a good sense of humor. He loved you so much, I remember how he talked fondly about you at the carpet store. You’ll be in my prayers I’d you need something call me. Big hugs to you and may the love and peace of Jesus surround you and comfort you during this difficult time. Sincerely
Susan Lauder

Susan Lauder 2020-06-09T13:34:55

Dear Toni, I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God hold you in his hands and his presence give you comfort.

Robin Smith 2020-06-09T13:08:08

Toni Im so so sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed coming to your house to babysit and find Jim in his sillyness saying GOOD LUCK as I entered your house full of very lively kids. May God’s arms wrap around you now and in the future. Sending my love to you 😘

Wendy Spence 2020-06-09T09:21:03

I remember Uncle Jimmy’s witty sense of humor always quick with a joke or funny remarks no matter the situation. His love for R/C cars he used to drive all over the street when we would visit. He was starting to look alot like Grandpa and I’m sure they are sharing some stories now. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He was too young and will be missed by all.

Erik Bjorklund 2020-06-09T08:12:22

Toni, I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his comforting arms around you my friend.

Jan 2020-06-09T08:00:58

my condolences to your family. I only new Jim a short time from kobyco. he was always a real nice guy. easy to talk with. when he first started it seemed like he worked there for years. so sorry for your loss.

Robert creviston 2020-06-08T20:32:23

So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Prayers for you for peace in this difficult time.

CHERYL RUSSELL SMITH 2020-06-08T20:20:35

Toni. So sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Terri Alderman 2020-06-08T18:43:04

Trips to my grandparents were never as fun when Uncle Jimmy wasn’t there. Always a joke or a sassy comment, but never mean-spirited. Had the honor to stand in his wedding to Toni, and it was great to see how happy they would be together on their day. To the entire family and friends, my sincerest condolences on your loss. Just seemed to enjoy being who he was and making people smile.

Patrick Bjorklund 2020-06-08T18:11:31

I only new Jim for a short period of time but became close friends in that short period. We spoke often about his fun while fishing. We reminisced about bands from the old days and places we both hung out at. Great and fun conversations. At work he was a fantastic mentor and taught me a lot about the business.
I will miss Jim and will pray for peace and comfort for Toni and family members

Scott Hembrough 2020-06-08T17:26:09

Toni and Family: Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Jim was a good friend and a fantastic employee that always had a smile on his face and never a bad thing to say about anyone or anything. He went way beyond anything I ever asked of him. Everyone at Kobyco will truly miss him. He was loved by all of us and everyone here and our suppliers will truly miss his helpfulness, humor, and willingness to do anything. I lost a remarkable friend and associate. Godspeed, Jim!

Gary and Janice Kobylarz 2020-06-08T16:42:15

So sorry for your loss.

Anthony 2020-06-08T15:14:36


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