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James Steven Lail

November 29, 1962 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

James Lail Obituary

Jim Lail, 60, of Clarendon Hills, IL passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 2023. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Lori and their 4 children, Gabrielle, Gillian, Isabelle, and Dylan; their four-legged companions, Sammi, Luna, Leia; his sister, Jodi (Carl) Jones; nieces and nephews, CJ, Noah, Daniel (Jones), Chris, Sydney (Herzog); in-laws, Una Mae Herzog, Sue Barca, Mark Herzog, Kim Rosselle; and best buddies, Julie Riedle, Mark (Joyce) Zelenika, and so many others.

Jim was born in Harvey, IL on November 29, 1962, to the late James and late Donna Lail. He grew up with his younger sister Jodi (Jones) in Dolton, IL, and proudly graduated from Thornridge High School alongside his life-long group of cherished friends.

He went on to attend the University of Kentucky, receiving a scholarship for Track and Field, and competed as a shot put and discus thrower. After his freshman year, he transferred to Eastern Illinois University where he met the love of his life, Lori. 

His list of friends is long, a testimony to his warm heart and fun-loving nature that always made those around him feel included and encouraged to join the fun. 

Jim was an avid movie and sports lover (especially football). He was always cheering on his favorite teams including the White Sox, Bears, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Cincinnati Bearcats. 

His true passion later in life (other than chess) was fly fishing, enjoying annual trips with his fishing buddies on the streams of Colorado and Wisconsin. 

Above all, Jim’s greatest love was his family. He was a loving husband and dedicated father, who took immense pride in his children. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family.

He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lail Family Legacy Fund, established with Chase Bank. Contributions to this fund are being accepted via Zelle or check:


Checks payable to Lori Lail.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge, 5901 S County Line Rd, Hinsdale, IL 60521 on December 16, 2023 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.


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Celebration of Life
December 16, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge
5901 S. County Line Rd.
Hinsdale, IL 60521


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