STOUGHTON-James “Jim” DeFore Sr., age 76, of Stoughton passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at his home after suffering a heart attack.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1937, in Bement , Ill., the son of Joe and Olive (McCosh) DeFore. He was united in marriage to Ada Mae on Sept. 24, 1966 in Madison. Friends and family were everything to Jim. He served his country in the U.S. Army, putting in more than 26 years. Jim loved genealogy, and his church family was extremely important to him.

Jim is survived by his wife, Ada (Caldwell) DeFore; daughter-Penny (Todd) Husebo of Stoughton; son, James Jr. of Burleson, Texas; two granddaughters, Hydee Husebo and Karee Husebo, both of Stoughton; grandson, Lucas DeFore of Burleson, Texas; sisters, Marvel DeLozier of Chicago, Ill., Ruth Pierce of Champagne, Ill., D’Arbra (George) Sloan of Decatur, Ill. and Rosa Papineau of Kingston, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marjorie DeFore, Phyllis Wheelock and Linda Darby; and brothers, Ward DeFore, David DeFore and Gerald DeFore.

Funeral services will be held at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS, 825 S. Van Buren St., Stoughton, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, with Robert Hoffer presiding. Burial will be at Lutheran South Cemetery. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON STOUGHTON FUNERAL HOME, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Hwy 51 @ Jackson St.
(608) 873-4590