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James Tarr

May 21, 1929 -
May 1, 2021

James Larned Tarr (Jim Tarr), formerly of Urbana died on May 1, 2021 at the Bay Ridge Assisted Living Facility in Traverse City, MI.

Jim was born in Pontiac MI, on May 21, 1929, to Robert and Florence Tarr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bonnie C. Tarr; son Robert (Stuart) Tarr; daughter-in-law Cla…read more

James Larned Tarr (Jim Tarr), formerly of Urbana died on May 1, 2021 at the Bay Ridge Assisted Living Facility in Traverse City, MI.

Jim was born in Pontiac MI, on May 21, 1929, to Robert and Florence Tarr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bonnie C. Tarr; son Robert (Stuart) Tarr; daughter-in-law Claudette Tarr; and granddaughter Kristina Behringer.

He is survived by his brother, David Tarr (Nancy) of Glen Arbor, MI; daughter-in-law Nina Tarr of Empire, MI; and three children, Douglas (Ann) of Temecula, CA, Kevin of Traverse City, MI and Julie (Steven Lee) of Empire, MI. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Jim grew up in Pontiac and graduated from Pontiac High School in 1947. He married Bonnie Chancy in Pontiac, Michigan on September 9, 1948. He received an associate degree in applied science-photographic technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1951.  He worked as a photographer at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University before becoming the Director of Photographic Services at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he remained until his retirement in 1993.

Jim and Bonnie settled into the university community, forming lifelong friendships through their gourmet and potluck groups. He was an avid runner and one of the lunch-time regulars at Huff Gym on campus. He was a long-term member of the Urbana Lions Club, member and treasurer of the church life board at the Community United Church of Christ, and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Jim loved to garden, spending endless hours on weekends attending to his beautiful roses and perfect lawn, with only the Saturday afternoon respite to listen to The Metropolitan Opera.

He never lost his love of Michigan, and returned often to Leelanau County, eventually moving to Traverse City in 2009 to be closer to family.

A visitation will be held at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West, Savoy, IL on Friday, May 7 from 4-5 pm, with a private graveside burial on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Urbana Lions Club or Interlochen Public Radio.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

 

 

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Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time: 04:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

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1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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