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In Memory of

James O. Garvin

July 18, 1921 - June 9, 2017

Obituary


James Orville Garvin, 95, passed away on Friday, June 9, at Adel Acres facility in Adel, Iowa, after a long illness. He was born in Ogden on July 18, 1921, and grew up during the Depression in a place that no longer exists called Sugar Valley. After graduating from Luther High School, he met and soon married Patricia Woods, a pretty and shy French Canadian, living in the vicinity. But the honeymoon in June 1942 was short-lived when Uncle Sam came calling. Jim entered the army and was stationed in the Philippines, where he worked...

James Orville Garvin, 95, passed away on Friday, June 9, at Adel Acres facility in Adel, Iowa, after a long illness. He was born in Ogden on July 18, 1921, and grew up during the Depression in a place that no longer exists called Sugar Valley. After graduating from Luther High School, he met and soon married Patricia Woods, a pretty and shy French Canadian, living in the vicinity. But the honeymoon in June 1942 was short-lived when Uncle Sam came calling. Jim entered the army and was stationed in the Philippines, where he worked on B52s, preparing them for missions.

Back stateside in 1946, he and Patricia concentrated on rearing their two daughters, Lynn and Nita, in Des Moines and Urbandale. He supported his family as a watchmaker and jeweler; she was a homemaker and part-time student at Drake University, where she was slowly earning a BA in English literature.
Jim, beloved by all who knew him, was a good man who lived an exemplary life. He was a faithful and loving husband and father; he was a Christian and treasurer of Free Methodist church for 30 years. He had a wonderful sense of humor (specializing in impressions), which too few people, other than his family, ever witnessed. Jim enjoyed swimming, arching, playing pool, biking, motorcycling, playing cards and board games, and working The New York Times crossword puzzle with Pat every morning.

Preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Jim is survived by his sister Eula Butrick (102), of Boone, last of the Garvin siblings; daughters Lynn (Dave) Madsen of Prairie City and Nita Thornbrugh of West Des Moines; grandsons Bradley (Mary) and Erik (Kim) Thomas of Monroe and John (Konii) Thomas of Prairie City; five great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, residing in Monroe and Prairie City.

A visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 on Saturday, June 24, at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines, with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.