James L. Carlisle, 78, passed away at 10:06 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Oct. 7, 1943 in Russellville, KY, he was the son of J.W. and Ina Esther (Crowder) Carlisle.

A Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, he retired as a railroad foreman after 32 years, finishing his career with Union Pacific Railroad.  He loved travelling and camping, but his passions were fishing and his love for his family.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacey Carlisle of Meadowbrook; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Toni Carlisle of Elsah; 7 grandchildren, Tiffany, Kayla, Brent, Brandon, Brittni, Danica, and Dylan; 12 great grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Betty and Everett Runion of South Roxana; a brother-in-law, Bill Grindstaff of Wood River; and his loving significant other, Karen Jasper of Carlyle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Grindstaff.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at Paynic Home for Funerals, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.  Burial will full military honors will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

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