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Obituary for Harold N. James
HAROLD NOBLE JAMES, 81, of Thomson, IL, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, IA, after a month-long battle with pneumonia and complications of COPD.Harold was born March 14, 1931, in rural Freedom Township, Carroll County, IL, the son of Florence Mae Noble and Floyd Treloar James. He attended Savanna, IL area schools. Harold married Kathryn Meda Poorman September 29, 1951 in Thomson, IL. On November 20, 1951, Harold was drafted into the United States Army serving in the Korean War guarding North Korean POWs until his separation on October 28, 1953, where he earned the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal. Harold was a Life Member of the Donald J. Ashpole American Legion Post 1025, Thomson, and a Member of Lions International Club 281 of Thomson and of The Loyal Order of the Moose Chapter 718, Savanna. He drove long haul trucks for Handel Bros. Trucking of Chadwick, IL; hauled canned and bulk milk with his wife from local dairy farmers to dairies located in Argo Fay and Chadwick; farmed 261 acres in rural Thomson; co-owned with Katy and his son, Wayne, James Automotive and Caf", Thomson; and bought and sold cattle until he retired in 2007. Harold loved to dance with his wife, Katy, watch the RFD channel; play the harmonica and euchre. Harold possessed a great sense of humor and brought fun and enjoyment to everything in which he participated.Harold is survived by one daughter, Mazie (Bruce) Angus of Coal Valley, IL; three sons, H.W. "Bill" (Sherry) James of Fulton, Wayne F. (Ronda) James of Sabula, IA, and Gary A. (Barb Dickau) James of Fulton; four brothers Gerald "Jerry" (Pat) James of Lanark, IL, Floyd "Jesse" (Linda) James of Savanna, Clifton (Rita) James of Mount Vernon, IA, and Terry (Ruth) James of Savanna; eight grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; three brothers-in-law, William (Virginia) Haas of Fulton, Robert Poorman Haas of New Orleans, LA, James (Sue) Poorman Haas of Loganville, WI; and his significant other, Beneta Folk, Thomson.Harold is preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn M. James; his parents; three brothers-in-law, Glen Poorman, Herbert Poorman, John "Jack" Poorman Haas; three sisters-in-law, Jennie Kness, Helen Michaletti, and Anne Tamling; and one great-grandson, Austin Watkins.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeOFFICIATING: Rev. Gary Abney "Pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Savanna, IllinoisVISITATION: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Fulton Chapel Bosma-Renkes Funeral HomeCREMATION RITES WILL BE ACCORDEDPRIVATE FAMILY INTERMENT: Lower York Cemetery " Thomson, IL