James J. Still, 87 of Ellenton, Florida, died June 21, 2008 at The Health
Center of Plant City, Florida.
Still was born May 15, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois to Henry A. and Elsie
He served his country during World War II, serving with the United States
Army. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the
American Defense Service Medal and a Purple Heart for injuries received in
the line of duty. During his military service, he was involved in the Battle
of Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He was discharged from the
military after his military service at the rank of Private First Class.
Still worked for over 20 years in the steel industry in the Northern Indiana
area as a Roller. He moved from Chesterton to Bradenton in 1988. He was a
member of the First Baptist Church of Palmetto.
He was a loving husband for 62 years to his wife Mary “Liz” Still, who
survives in Ellenton, Florida.
He is also survived by five children and their spouses; James K. (Lois) Still
of Longmont, CO; Linda C. (Donny) Polley of Lakeland, FL.; Terry Sue (Larry)
Rinker of Valparaiso, IN; Kathryn Beth (Michael) Still-Judge of Boise, ID and
Cynthia Jean (Andrew) Stevens of Findlay, OH. He is also survived by his
sister, Ruth Tokarz of Colon, MI, and was grandfather to nine grandchildren,
and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Bradley Stevens.
The family received friends on Friday, June 27, from 10-11 a.m. in the chapel
of the Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, 1015 14th Street West, Bradenton,
A Celebration of Life service followed with the Reverend Joe Choate, Senior
Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, officiating.
Interment services took place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at the Florida
National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida where military honors were rendered by
the Funeral Honor Detail from Fort Stewart Army Base in Fort Stewart Georgia.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes
Foundation in his memory. Condolences may be made online at