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James Lieurance, Urbandale

Posted February 23, 2017 in Obituaries

James E. “Jim” Lieurance, 74, of Urbandale, Iowa completed his earthly journey and entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, On Feb.James Lieurance 14, 2017. A service of remembrance will be held at Valley Evangelical Church at 11 a.m. on March 4, 2017. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. before the service. It was Jim’s wish to be cremated. He requests that this be a celebration of his life on earth and his life to come. Committal service will be held at a later date in Enid, Oklahoma.

 

Born on Dec. 8, 1942 in Hardtner, Kansas, Jim was preceded in death by his parents C.E. “Pete” Lieurance and LaVerna Lieurance.

He lived briefly in Alva and Cherokee Oklahoma before moving to Enid, Oklahoma in the late 1940’s. Jim grew up in Enid graduating from Enid High School in 1960.

He attended Phillips University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He continued his education at Oklahoma City University graduating with a Masters Degree in Industrial Management.

 
At the age of 13, Jim entered the business world with a paper route, a responsibility not taken lightly. By the age of 15, he was in sales working at Coldiron’s which later became Layfield Shoe Mart. In 1967, Jim began his career with the Veterans Administration in Waco, Texas. He transferred to the Houston, Texas V.A. Regional Office in 1973 serving as an Adjudicator Section Chief and later as the Assistant Adjudication Officer. In 1982, Jim was promoted to Assistant Director of the V.A. now called the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Des Moines, Iowa. He completed 32 years of service, retiring in 1999. Jim was a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Valley Evangelical Free Church.

 
Jim had a number of hobbies during his lifetime. He enjoyed constructing and flying kites, model airplanes and building cars. He loved boating, fishing, hunting, traveling and auto mechanics. He was known as “Mr. Fix It”. He was an outstanding cook and held many sunrise breakfasts and cookouts. He shared this talent at many church functions and his “JIMbo” burgers were in demand.

 
Jim always had a compassion for others less fortunate. In 1987, Norm Bauer asked Jim if he would join him in delivering bread to some shelters. The two of them with some help from other volunteers have picked up bread from an Urbandale grocery store and delivered it to various Des Moines shelters. Jim soon became known as “The Bread Man”. Jim spent his years serving the Lord, family, community and church and his life was a true testament to God’s love. He was allowed to do bread delivery for 29 years while enduring Multiple Sclerosis at the same time. He was a true inspiration of how to deal with adversity.

Jim enjoyed a good joke and liked to create a smile, a chuckle or a belly laugh. His response to life in general, and his situation, was quiet confidence with several sprinkles of humor. He was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed but will continue living in our hearts.

 
He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and devoted wife of 55 years, Lorene. He is lovingly remembered by his children: daughters, Lexy Lieurance of Moses Lake, WA; Laury Lieurance of Urbandale, IA; Lorissa Lieurance of Urbandale, IA; son, James R. Lieurance of Atlanta, GA; Granddaughter, Alysha Lieurance of Greenville, NC; Grandson, Dustin Lieurance of Olathe, KS, Sister, Jacqueline Allen of Norman, OK, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Special and heartfelt thanks to the Mercy Hospital Staff and Urbandale TruRehab and Health Care Center for the care and comfort extended to Jim and our family.

 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, 200 12th Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55415-1255 or the American Heart Association. In lieu of flowers, Jim requests that a sack of canned goods be brought to his celebration of life for donation to various Des Moines shelters.

 
Online condolences and the shelters are welcomed and available at IlesCares.com.

Shelter donations in lieu of flowers are:

Beacon of Life
1717 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 244-4713

Bethel Mission
1310 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 244-5445

CFUM Children and Family Urban Ministries
1548 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 282-3242

Freedom for Youth Ministries
2301 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 282-4822

Animal Rescue League ARL
1615 SE 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320
(515) 284-6905

Central Iowa Shelter and Services
205 15th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

One Way Recovery
1330 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 238-1289

St. Vincent de Paul
1426 6th Ave
Des Moines IA 50314
United States
(515)282-8327

YMCA Housing Campus
2 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 288-2424

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