Eugene James, 89, of Allerton, Iowa, the son of Ira Edward and Lydia Frances (Harrington) James, was born March 17, 1929, in Argenta, Ill. He died at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines Dec. 6, 2018.
Eugene grew up and attended school in the Shelbyville, Ill., area. He enlisted in the United States Army and served Oct. 5, 1946, until March 23, 1948, prior to the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge he farmed with his dad in Illinois. He met his wife, Charlotte Eloise Morris, and they were married in the fall of 1951. He ran a junkyard with his dad in southern Illinois before moving to Albuquerque, N.M., where he worked on the railroad. Later they moved to Odesa, Texas, and he worked in the oil fields. They moved again to Weldon, Ill., where he took a job spreading farm chemicals. He worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton, Ill., for 11 years before buying a farm in Decatur County, Iowa, in 1968. In 1985, he sold the farm, and moved to Yuma, Ariz., and operated a liquor store. About five years later he got the farm back and returned to Iowa, retiring in 2004. In 2005, Charlotte died.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Charlotte; brother, Robert James; and sister, Leona Shanholtzer.
Survivors include his four sons: Danny and Brenda James of Phoenix, Ariz., Roger James of Lineville, Gary and Bunny James of Yuma, Ariz., and Wayne James of Black Canyon City, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon Dec. 11 with the Rev. Max Carmichael officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Lineville.