James Richard

James Richard Rakestraw, 40, of Springfield, passed away

suddenly on April 7, 2021. He was born December 13, 1980, in Springfield. James loved

children, nature, fishing,

hiking, animals and antiquing. He was a talented artist

and loved his family more than anything. He would help

anyone who needed it and was a kind, giving, caring, compassionate human being. James was quiet, reserved and shy and he loved to play pranks on his

sisters. He was a hard worker with an impeccable work ethic. He is survived by his mother, Tracy Barke; sisters, Angelina Barker Mullins, Annmarie Olnhausen, Misty Donahue; grandfather, Bruce Latimer; former wife, Michelle Rakestraw; two sons, James Dallas Rakestraw and Carter James Rakestraw;

uncles, Mike Rakestraw, Cole Barker; cousins, Rachael Barker, Cole Barker, Ryan Rakestraw, Dustin Rakestraw, Matt Rakestraw, Anthony and Triff Demitroff, Jacob, Brendon, Payton, Naudia, Byron, Gabriel, Oliva; aunt Carol Demitroff; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend, Rob Decker. Private funeral services will be held for his family with burial in Ferncliff Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME. Condolences may be shared at www.jkzfh.com.

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