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James Cody Hegland

June 2, 1935 - November 9, 2023

James Cody Hegland James Cody Hegland
    November 18, 2023 | 9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
  • Congregational United Church of Christ
    40W451 Fox Mill Blvd
    St. Charles, IL 60175
  • Memorial Service
  • November 18, 2023 | 11:00 A.M.
  • Congregational United Church of Christ
    40W451 Fox Mill Blvd
    St. Charles, IL 60175
  • Burial Location

James Cody Hegland, 88, of St. Charles, IL, passed away on November 9, 2023. He was born on June 2, 1935, in Rochelle, IL, to Francis and Roy Hegland. Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

A proud veteran, Jim served in the U.S. Army before returning to college to get a degree in Education. Jim was a passionate and dedicated teacher and coach, retiring after more than 30 years of service.  Jim’s commitment to education left a lasting impact on his students, who fondly remember him even after leaving his class. With an outgoing and friendly nature, he never met a stranger. Quick to lend a helping hand, he was always there when someone needed a boost. If there was a fist bump to be given, Jim was on it, especially when it came to the little ones at church.

Jim indulged in his passions. Golfing, horse racing, model trains, playing bridge, yard work, and farming were just a few of the hobbies that brought him joy.  He made lots of memories traveling with his beloved Wyonne and friends.

Jim will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Wyonne Hegland, his daughters Melissa (Scott) Weede and Sarah (Dan) Warner, his grandchildren Jessica (Scott) Hayward, TJ (Lacey) Jones, Megan (Billy) McGowen, and his great-grandchildren Wyatt, Emma, Maverick, Harlie, Kylie, Waylyn, and Taos. He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Roy Hegland, and his sister Sally Anderson.

Memorial services will be held on November 18, 2023, at Congregational United Church of Christ, Campton Hills. A visitation will take place from 9:30-11:00, followed by the memorial service at 11:00. A celebration of life luncheon will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Congregational United Church of Christ at 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd, St. Charles in his memory.

Jim will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched with his kindness and dedication. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.


John and Judy Beebe from Jonesborough , TN

"So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. It was such a privilege to have known him. I have many fond memories of Jim and you, too, Wyonne."

Larry Nordstrom from DeKalb, IL

"Jim was truly a wonderful man. I'm grateful and honored to have known him."

Chris Johnson from Brooklyn, WI

"A handshake, a fist bump or a hug. That was Jim's way of greeting you. So many wonderful memories of family times together with my brother-in-law. Always the gentleman, looking out for others. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Thinking of Wyonne and the family, sending hugs and love."

Steven & Deb Weede from Moline, IL

"Your deepest sympathy to the family. Our hearts go out to you all."

Carri Davis from Shepherdsville, KY

"Hugs and Prayers being sent from Kentucky."

Brenda Winslett from Comanche , OK

"Prayers and hugs for the family."

Robert McBride from St. Charles, IL

"My deepest condolences to your family. Jim was a dedicated educator, husband and a positive influence on others. Jim will be missed."

Renee Kleckner Schroeder from Elgin, IL

"My deepest condolences. I will always remember him as Mr. Hegland. He was by far my favorite teacher that I will always cherish. He named my best friend and I the “phoney twins”, a memory that will stick with me forever. I always look forward to seeing his smile on Sunday mornings and giving those fist pumps to my girls and treating them with the utmost kindness. Sending prayers to the whole Hegland family."

Mary Hegland Kennedy from Norwalk, IA

"I am so sorry for your loss. Was hoping to make the trip to Chicago but unfortunately will not be able. Yiu are in my prayers."

John Brainard from Collierville, TN

"I have so many great memories of Mr Hegland and family. Playing in the pool, pig roast, trip to Canada and Fourth of July just to name a couple. And most of all, he was a great friend to our father throughout his life. He will be missed but certainly not forgotten by me."

Howard Clark from Geneva, IL

"Jim ...Truly, your new "Morning has Broken!"Peace, my friend.Howard"

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