James Julius Zitko

passed away suddenly on August 26, 2020, at the age of 65 in San Antonio, TX.

James was born on October 13, 1954, in Elmhurst, IL to Julius and Eleanor (Pelc) Zitko. He worked in the field of plastic injection molding for 47 years as a Manufacturing Engineer.

James had a passion for metal art, creating animal sculptures, including a lobster that won best of show at the Elmhurst Artists Guild in 1972. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was also a faithful servant to his Lord. James used these qualities to change the lives of those around him, as realized through the stories told by his friends and coworkers.

James adored his family, especially his grandchildren. James was taken too soon from us but we will never forget the light he brought into our lives. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

James is preceded in death by his father Julius. He is survived by his son Christopher (Laurica) Zitko; granddaughters: Antolina & Cristiana Zitko; mother: Eleanor Zitko, sister: Cynthia Zitko. James had many great friends as well as extended family members that he cared for deeply.

The family has requested to live stream the Memorial Service for James Julius Zitko on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.  Please click on this link https://youtu.be/QtC-DmRJOdk and follow the instructions to show your support for them at a time when you cannot be physically present, but your thoughts, prayers, and connection are.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fred C Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd., Joliet, IL.  In accordance with the Illinois guidelines, a 25 person capacity will be followed.  Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed.  


In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Wounded Warriors Project would be appreciated.