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James W. John

Posted November 21, 2012 in Obituaries, Norwalk

February 1, 1927 – November 17, 2012

James John

James W. John, 80 years old, of Norwalk, IA passed away at Bright Kavanagh House on November 17, 2012. Friends may visit the family at Iles Funeral Homes – Westover Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 23. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, November 24 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with additional visitation one hour prior to the service.

Jim was born in Columbus, OH and was raised in Pickway, OH. He attended Ohio State University and graduated with a Business degree in 1954. He proudly played football for Ohio State under coach, Woody Hayes. He served in the Armed Forces and was honorably discharged. He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Clark on May 29, 1954 and had a son, Timothy, and daughter, Kimberly. He was president of Harmon Contract Ltd UK division in Milton Keynes, England from 1988 – 1992 and was a Vice President and Division Manager for Harmon Contract in Dallas Texas from 1982 – 1988. Prior to working for Harmon Contract, Jim was a part owner of Forman Ford Company in Des Moines from July 1962 – July 1982. A few of his proudest career accomplishments were the building of the LTV Building and Crystal Palace in Dallas, Texas; Little Britain in London, England and the Twin Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. He was also a friend of Bill for 36 years. He was an avid snowmobiler, Ohio State Buckeye fan and enjoyed boating at Clear Lake with his family.

Jim was a great friend to many and was devoted and loyal to his family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife, Betsy; son, Timothy (Pamela) John; daughter, Kimberly (Rick) Milliken; grandchildren, Nicole (John) Davidson, Erin (Joe) Klug and Katie John; Shawn (Johanna) Milliken and Connor Milliken; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Lauren Davidson and soon to be born, Dove John. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard (Ruth) and William; sister, Sue (Larry) Gau and a whole host of nieces, nephews and friends who will all miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Winona John and father, Richard John.

Special thanks are extended to Bickford Cottages and the Bright Kavanagh House and all personal thanks to all employees, doctors and friends. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice HCI Care Services of Central Iowa or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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