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James C. Aldridge

Posted April 14, 2015 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, West Des Moines
James C. Aldridge passed away April 12 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. A Memorial Service in celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines. Interment will be in the Plymouth Memorial Garden.

James Clyde Aldridge was born on January 2, 1928, in Helena, Arkansas to James Clyde and Mayme Orlu (Pence) Aldridge. He grew up in Creston, IA, as the beloved stepson of John Peterson. He was married for 61 years to Elizabeth Ann Thomsen of Red Oak, IA. Together they had three children, David, Becky (Yockey) and Barry, and have four grandsons: Aaron and Seth Yockey and Alex James and Bennett Aldridge. Daughter-in-law Norma and Son-in-law Wayne were also welcome additions to the family.

James Aldridge

James Aldridge

Jim was a Private in the U. S. Marines and a 1st Lieutenant in the Army of the United States, serving a year in combat in the Korean Conflict, from which he received a Purple Heart. After returning from Korea, Jim and Liz were not apart for more than a week until Liz preceded him in death in 2012.

During his lifetime working in the insurance industry, he earned a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) certificate and retired from Employers Mutual in 1986.

Jim was a lifelong student of history and was particularly fascinated by the Civil War. He loved being surrounded by family, especially his grandsons. He did not suffer fools, but was loyal and kind to those who knew him best. He adored Liz all his life.

In retirement, Jim and Liz enjoyed travel to Europe and Great Britain. Jim was able to indulge his other great love, fishing and making fishing rods and other equipment. He and his family traveled to Mexico and Canada in search of the next big catch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the University of Iowa Foundation. Online condolences are welcomed at


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