James A. Claro, 61 of Benld, died at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 10:01 a.m. He was born on August 28, 1957, in Staunton to William L. Claro Sr. and Betty K. (Kiss) Claro. James was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Navy.
He is survived by his siblings, William L. Claro, Jr. of Wilsonville, Phyllis (Jim) Monroe of Sawyerville, Marguerite (Allen) Weiffenbach of Decatur, Betty Clark of Chatham, and Peggy Shepard of Mount Olive; nieces and nephews, John (Dawn) Claro, Mary Kirk, Heather (Jason) Roberts, Jimmy Kirk, Lisa (Daniel) Janus, Scott (Elisabeth) Wyatt, Alicia Claro (John Sloan), Billy Claro, Jennifer (Lukas) Pirok, Jorda Claro, Whitney (Bradley) Curtis, and Kourtney Claro; and many great-nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Albert Claro; and brother in law, John Shepard.
Visitation services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church in Gillespie from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by funeral services at the church with Pastor Dane Solari officiating. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Baptist Church. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.