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James R. Mork

Posted March 28, 2013 in Obituaries, Greene County, West Des Moines

July 6, 1922 – March 21, 2013

James Mork

James Mork

James Rosenkilde Mork, died at the age of 90 in Berlin, Wisconsin, on March 21, 2013. James passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside at the Patriot Place of Berlin, where he had lived since 2009. James, son of Nels and Dagmar (Rosenkilde) Mork was born on July 6, 1922, in Audubon County, Iowa. He graduated from Valley High School, Valley Junction (West Des Moines), in 1940.

James served in the Army Air Corp from October 1942 until January 1946, where he received special training in airplane engine mechanics. On New Year’s Day in 1944, James set sail on the first unescorted ship (since the beginning of World War II) to cross the Atlantic Ocean. They landed in Casablanca and then went on to Bombay, India. James served in the China-Burma-India Theater, primarily in China. He returned home and completed his service as staff sergeant, with an honorable discharge.

James married Ruth Evelyn Davis on September 5, 1948, at the Methodist Church in Menlo, Iowa. They farmed in Menlo and Elk Horn until 1956. James worked for Squealer Feed as a salesman for three years. Shortly after moving to Manning in 1958, he worked for L & M Bowl, and then for L.R. Nelson Corporation for 18 years until his retirement in 1982. In his retirement, James enjoyed working part-time for the Manning Community School District as a bus driver.

James and Ruth had two children: Denise and Lynn. James was a long time member of the Manning First United Methodist Church. He sang in Manning’s Liederkrantz for five years. James’ hobbies included woodworking as well as creating and caring for his flower gardens.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; and his sister Bertha Mork Breuklander. Survivors include his daughter Denise and her husband Gordon Smith of Indianola, Iowa; his son Lynn and his wife Pam, of Berlin, Wisconsin; four grandchildren: Kristine Smith of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Brad Smith of Indianola/Northfield, Minnesota; Erik Mork and his wife Dana of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Laura Mork Sheline and her husband Zach of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and one great-grandchild: Landon Mork. James is also survived by his Brazilian son Abram Kirszenwurcel and his wife Eva; and their sons Andre and Alan and their families; along with cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Memorial/Celebration of Life service for James Mork will be held in Manning in the late spring.

Memorials will be given to Agnesian Hospice (Green Lake County, Wisconsin) and for a scholarship at Manning High School.

Information provided by:
Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home
319 Main St.
Manning, Iowa   54155

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