Zachary Robert James

December 16, 1999 - November 16, 2019

Zachary Robert James, formerly of St. Charles, passed away unexpectedly on Nov 16th, 2019 while hiking in Utah with college friends.  Zack was born December 16, 1999, in Winfield Illinois, the son of Rob & Jodi James. 

Zack was a sophomore at Westminster College in Salt Lake City where he was studying Chemistry/Pre-Med and played on the Lacrosse Team.

He is survived by his parents, his loving sister Amanda, grandparents Frank & Diane James, and MaryAnn Lopina and Bill Lopina, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will take place on Sunday November 24th from 3 pm to 8 pm at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S 3rd Street, St. Charles IL 60174. A Funeral Mass will begin on Monday November 25th at 10:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church at 6N491 Crane Road in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Zack’s name to Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Guest Book

  • Steve Haftl Zach was in my Economics class senior year at North. He always had a hello for everybody, a smile on his face and was ready to participate every day. My condolescences to the James family on the loss of wonderful young man.
  • Jim & Rosey Domnanovich We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Zack. God bless you and your family
  • Alex Rullo Jodi, Rob and Amanda, our hearts break for you. Our prayers are with all of you now and always.
  • Rachel & Patrick Sanders Odhner James Family, We are truly sorry for your loss. And would like to offer your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. Together, We hope you will all find a way to be at peace during this tragic and sorrowful time.
  • Brad Lemen Jodi - my sympathy and condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
  • Mike Gabel James Family: The entire True Lacrosse family expresses our deepest condolences to you. We have been so honored to have created so many memories with Zack. His work ethic was contagious to his teammates and ultimately to the young players he then mentored. We all loved him and will always cherish our time together.
  • Katy & Steve Marcy Jodi, Rob and Amanda our hearts and prayers are with you. Nick absolutely loved Zack and considered him such a dear friend and an inspiration. He was a positive wonderful young man. We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you everyday.
  • Martha Kniesteadt I am a grandmother of one of Zack’s teammates. We are so sad about the loss of such a wonderful young man. It is impossible to describe the ache we all feel. Please know we love you and care so very much.
  • Monica Peterson Jodi and family, my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your son and brother. Words cannot ease the pain you all are feeling but so many people are lifting you in positive thoughts and prayers. Remember all the smiles, laughter, and love.
  • Chandra Tillotson Dearest James Family, Your son/brother was the brightest light and such a shining star! This earth was so lucky to have him for his short time... especially those that knew him and played alongside him. My son, Ayden Santi, was coached by Zack and let me tell you... he had a tremendous impact on Ayden. Zack was positive, motivating, inspiring, and his passion for the game ignited many young players' passions as well. You raised a fine young man and we are so lucky he chose Utah to come and study and play. We are even luckier that he chose to come help coach with True. The players LOVED him! He was always seen with his arm around a player, picking a player up off the ground, cheering up after a tough loss or a bad day! He would make sure my son had his enormous box pads on and taped the feet securely every time for him. Also, as a box goalie it's pretty tough to get a drink and you're just sweating and drowning in heat... Zack ALWAYS made sure Ayden got drinks any chance he could. He looked out for my son and I am eternally grateful!! His last practice with our boys was November 15th and as I drove our 15 year old boys home that night, they all talked about how good of a practice they had and that Zack really pushed them. They will never forget him and they all miss him dearly. Thank you for sharing your son with mine, our hearts are broken. May you find peace in the days ahead. Although Utah is not your home... we are all behind you. Rest in Peace sweet Zack!
  • L.Brown&Mary Sanders Rob and Jodi, Praying that God and all the saints and angels wrap their arms around all your family and friends with comfort and love! Zach will be loved forever. Always in our prayers, Mary&Brown Sanders
  • Cathy and Samantha Lappin Jodi, Rob and Amanda, words cannot express how sad we are for your family. It is an unimaginable loss, and I hope you know how many people are thinking of you and sending healing thoughts and prayers. He will be with you always in your hearts. I hope the strength and love of your family, as well as the wonderful memories of Zach will heal you in time.
  • Jannelle Sparrow Prayers going to the family in their time of bereavement.
  • Jim and Anne Gau Rob, Jodi and Amanda, Our hearts ache for you and there are no words. We feel so lucky to have met your family and to have spent time together. We will never forget Zack popping out of the Gulf with that first scallop or bringing up the blue crab that turned into dinner. We love you!
  • Mark and Kris Packer Rob and Jodi, There are no words for what Kris and I feel for you guys at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Zack's teammates LOVED Zack deeply. Our son, Braxton, has deeply morned for Zack and will forever be impacted. The Westminster LAX family is there for you. May peace and comfort be with you and your family. Sincerely, Mark and Kris Packer
  • Janet Whitfield-Hyduk Tim and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and all of the family during this difficult time.
  • Jennifer Fowler-Symon James Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Zack recently but when we were all younger he was always a high spirited kid! We will pray and continue to pray for your family. May God bless you all in these hard times.
  • michele GreG Nick Matt & Will Jodi Rob and Amanda . Our hearts are sadden learning of your loss. We pray that you are slightly comforted knowing that Zach was surrounded by his friends and in a place which he loved to explore. God calls the good shepherds home to be with HIm. Heaven has a new angel who will watch over y’all. All our love and prayers always. The Knudsons
  • Jackie D'Amico Jodi, Rob and Amanda, When I last saw the four of you, before your move, it was apparent to me that Zack was incredibly happy with his choice to attend school in Utah. You could just see the glow in his eyes when he talked about it. I am so happy to see that while he was there, he lived his life to the fullest, enjoying every moment. Zack will always be in our prayers and in our hearts.
  • Ronda Watson Dear Jodie and Rob and your entire family, my deepest sympathies at the loss of your tremendous son. I hope the tender, loving arms of Jesus can comfort you during this difficult time. Zach and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Jeanne Slinker I am so deeply sorry for the devastating loss of your beautiful son. Nothing prepares us for the loss of one of our children, it’s beyond comprehension. I work in the LRC at North and occasionally saw your son, he was a very sweet young man. My heart aches so much for your family, please know you are being held close in our hearts and thoughts.
  • Jennifer Frankiewicz Zack is a kid that any parent would be bursting with pride to call their own. He looked people in the eye when he shook their hand, asked about you and your family with genuine interest, gave hugs that really felt like hugs, laughed hard when someone had something funny to say. These life skills came from being raised by the best. He loved the outdoors, music, sports, learning new things, Chipotle, his dog ... most of all his family. He loved them with all of his heart. He was naturally athletic and intelligent, yet worked hard to excel in whatever he was working on. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Zack his whole life and watching him grow into the caring, hardworking, goof he came to be. He made your heart smile. I think our “spirited” conversations is what I will miss most. I just wish more people had more time to meet and spend with him. Rest easy Zack, we will all be here to comfort your family as we know that they would do the same for us. The James family makes all of those that have the pleasure of their acquaintance feel like family and we will do you proud in being the support they need now and forever. I know even now you are thinking of them more than yourself...your love for them was obvious. Jodi, Rob and Amanda thank you for being the amazing family you are, Zack wouldn’t have been the amazing person he was had it not been for each of you.
  • Nicole Symon James family: my deepest condolences to you all. I remember Zack always putting a smile on the faces of those around him. He grew up into an amazing young man and left this world too early. Your family is in my prayers and I hope you know that Zach touched many lives!
  • The Woolwine Family Rob, Jodi, and Amanda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our boys looked up to Zack and enjoyed playing lacrosse with him. He had a dynamic personality and spirit. May the Lord give you peace to know that He is watching over Zack.
  • Eric Daniels Rob and Jodi, I offer my deepest and sincere sympathies and condolences and want you to know that I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.
  • Uncle Fred & Aunt Carol Dear Rob, Jody @ Amanda, our thoughts & prayers are with you. No words can express the sorrow we feel for you. Zack was a wonderful young man & we were all blessed to have known him. May God's peace be with you. The Wasoski famly
  • Michelle Lewis Rob and Jodi, You are in our thoughts and prayers. No words can take away your pain. Try to remember all the happiness that Zach brought to so many lives. We love you! Mike and Michelle Lewis
  • Kelly McNamara-White To the entire James family please accept my sincere prayers for your devastating pain and sorrow. With love, Kelly
  • Kym Davis To Jodi and Family, My deepest sympathy and condolences at the loss of your son and brother, Zack. There are no words to ease your pain. I will continue to keep each of you lifted up in prayer. My heart goes out to you all. Love, Kym Lehigh Acres, FL
  • Jim, Roben, Christian and Emalle Smith Rob, Jodi and Amanda - There are no words sufficient, so please know that the Smith family is very much keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Looking back to last May, Zach and I had a wonderful conversation at the end of North's playoff game. He shared with me all that he was experiencing in college, both in school and outside (physically and literally) of school. It was apparent then, and even more so now that he was truly loving the experience and was joyful. I am thankful today for having been given that opportunity to see inside top Zach with his easy smile and time for any who crossed his path.
  • Denise Skwierawski Jodi, Rob and Amanda, Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are in every thought and prayer. The Skwierawski’s
  • Aunt Jac and Uncle Bub DiMarco Zack, we love you like our own son. We will miss your laugh, your smile, your fish stories. We are so lucky to have you in our lives. You will be on our mind forever. Please watch over us all. Love, Uncle Bub and Aunt Jac