DEKALB—James T. Mascal, 68, of DeKalb, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022.

James was born Sept. 30, 1953, in DeKalb to Betty Lou and Edwin Mascal. James grew up with his siblings playing "kick the can" and delivering newspapers with his beloved dog, Dizzy.

A celebrated high school football player, James was a valued member of DeKalb High School where his longtime crush, Elizabeth Manning, was a cheerleader.

After a magical first date at a Rolling Stones concert, James and Elizabeth were married at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb on Dec. 27, 1975.

James was known for his thoughtfulness, quiet intelligence, quick wit and positivity. He had a thorough knowledge of state capitols which he enthusiastically shared with others.

Jim was a lifelong educator. He earned his B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University and was proud of "having done graduated the 18th grade" in earning his Master of Communication from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

James was a proud small business owner, operating a creative media company, Video Pro Production Services, in Stevens Point, Wis.

James was happiest while spending time with his family and friends, cheering on his children, enjoying nature, and watching Jeopardy.

James is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Matthew Mascal of Fort Atkinson, Wis., and Margaret Mascal of DeKalb; one sister; four brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Casey Mascal; and hero, Alex Trebek.

A celebration of James' life will be held Friday, July 22, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1915 N. 1st St., DeKalb IL, 60115. The visitation will be from 12-2 p.m., with a service at 2 p.m., followed by light refreshments and fellowship from 2-3p.m.

A supporter of humanitarian causes and advocate for the equality and dignity of all people, we ask in lieu of flowers, memorials for James be sent to Safe Passage (https://safepassagedv.org/ways-to-give/) or St. Jude's Children's Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=home-btn-donate-now).

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This man was a beloved husband, committed father, confidante, encourager, and supporter of many.

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For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.