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Lucille R. James

Lucille R. James, 95, of Oelwein, Iowa, died on Thursday morning, March 18, 2021 at MercyOne Oelwein Senior Care.

Lucille R. James
Lucille R. James

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, 2021 at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein. Visitation will be held for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment: Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein. Memorial may be directed to the donor’s favorite charity.  Online obituary at

Lucille Ruth Alshouse was born on Nov. 16, 1925 at rural Fayette County, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence Warren and Iva Mae (Lincoln) Alshouse. She received her education at the Stanley School, graduating with the class of 1943. Lucille was united in marriage to Howard Henry James on March 15, 1947 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Lucille and Howard farmed at rural Stanley for many years where Lucille was a homemaker and helped on the farm. They moved to Hazleton in 1965.

Lucille was formerly a member of the Hazleton American Legion Auxiliary and T.O.P.S. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing piano, sewing and embroidery.

Lucille is survived by her 2 sons, Ronald James (fiancé: Linda Klemesrud) of Charles City and David (Connie) James of Hazleton; daughter Karen (Tim) Horsfall of Waterloo: six granddaughters; nine great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; three siblings, Gladys Willits of Melbourne, Florida, Dean (Glenda) Alshouse of Waterloo and Lee (Elinor) Alshouse of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Irene Alshouse of Dubuque and Donna James of Oelwein and many nieces and nephews.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; husband Howard on July 7, 1997; son Terry; granddaughter Jacqueline James; great granddaughter Patty Horan; three brothers, Lyle Alshouse, Elmer Alshouse and Dale (Shirley) Alshouse and a daughter-in-law Sue James.

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