Keith (Mike) James
November 18, 1921 - August 1, 2011

 

Keith (Mike) James, age 89, died August 1, 2011 at Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, in Strawberry Point, Iowa. He was born in Scott Township, Fayette County, Iowa on November 18, 1921, the son of E. Derelle and Lizzie (Lincoln) James. He graduated from Stanley High School in 1938. Keith was a long time area farmer. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He had previously served as a deacon and a trustee for the Stanley Union Church. He was active in 4-H as a leader and was in community affairs as chairman of the Farm Service Company of Maynard, the Fayette County Cattlemen and Federal Land Bank of West Union.

            On November 15, 1945 Keith was united in marriage to Helen Lava in Nashville, Tennessee. He is survived by his three children, Greg (Artis) James of Aurora, Iowa, Marcia (Doug) Rueber of Arlington, Iowa and Michelle (Paul) Gutowsky of Richmond, Texas; eight grandchildren, Bob (Angie) James, Jim James, Kara (Brad) Schmith, Angela (Michael) Amenta, Michael (Sarah) Rueber, Laurie Rueber, Brian and Amanda Gutowsky; five great grandchildren, Jacob James, Ben and Jenna Schmith and Vincent and Evie Amenta. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2009, a brother Kenneth, a sister, Ruth Hill and his parents, E. Derelle and Lizzie

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Keith's name to Stanley Union Church or Strawberry Point Lutheran Home.

Funeral services for Keith James will be August 5, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Stanley Union Church in Stanley, Iowa with Rev. Phil Rownd officiating. Burial will be at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in rural Hazelton with full military rites led by the Aurora American Legion.

Visitation is on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church on Friday. 

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Eleanor and Gene Hill and Family on August 12, 2011 at 7:15 PM said:

Dear Greg, Marcia, Michelle and Families,

You know how much we loved Uncle Mike and Aunt Helen. Mike was so special to us that we named our oldest child after him. We had many wonderful times there in Iowa. We would have loved being at Uncle Mike's services to celebrate his life. Now he, Helen, Kenny, Mom (Ruth Hill), Dad Hill, and Grandma and Grandpa James, have had a celebration in Heaven. We talked with Michelle tonight and learned all about his services.

Our love and prayers,
Eleanor and Gene Hill
Austin, Texas
Rosa Lea Mulford Reese on August 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM said:

Dear Greg, Marcia and Michelle and families,

Thinking of you all at this time knowing how difficult your loss. May God grant you peace. I know this issues in a major life transition for all.
Your parents were considered great friends by Mom and Dad, and of course, we shared a lot of growing up on the farm memories.

Sincerest Sympathy,
Rose Reese, Fort Worth, TX
"Rosie"
Annette (Rau) Kress on August 5, 2011 at 7:56 AM said:

I wish to express sincere condolences to all of you. Have many good memories of the "ole"neighborhood, 4-H activities and the many slumber parties and fashionshows at Michelle's. May all the memories help you thru the dark roads ahead. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Barb Bennett on August 4, 2011 at 9:32 PM said:

Michelle and Family,
Sorry I wasn't able to express my sympathy to you in person! Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Blessings to all,

Barb
Sheryl Gosse & family on August 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM said:

Marcis, Greg & families: Treasure the memories you all shared together. Your parents are together once again and someday you will reunite as a family. You are all in our prayers. We are all thinking of you. Be close to your siblings and your own families and carry on the traditions.
Don Frazer on August 3, 2011 at 8:39 AM said:

Marcia, Greg & families,

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don Frazer

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