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Robert "Bob" E. James Sr.

November 9, 1929 — April 10, 2023

Robert Ervin James

November 9, 1929 - April 10, 2023

West Point, Ut – Bob passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving wife of 72 years, and family. Bob was born in Jones Chapel, Cullman County, Alabama, to parents

Edward and Eula Mae Brown. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served with the 2 nd Marine Division as a 2 nd combat engineer BN FMF from 1946-1949, and then served in the Air Force in Korea from 1950-1953. He married Iva Lou Anderson on May 6, 1951 in Elko Nevada. Together, they had five children: Barbara (John) Machenheimer, Joanne (David) Tefertiller, Robert Jr. (Nancy) James, Jerry (Sheri) James, Derrin (Dixie) James, 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

When he was discharged from the military, he worked in Cullman, Alabama. He worked in a Dodge; Plymouth Dealership as Parts Manager. He played semi-pro baseball with the White Sox Organization. They moved to Utah where he held a number of jobs in road construction in and out of the state. He then moved his family to Las Vegas in 1960. He worked there for Starks Construction.  In 1962 he moved back to Utah and made his home in West Point, where he worked for Gibson and Reed on various Weber Canyon jobs. He raised, trained, and raced horses. Racing took them to tracks in Colorado, Idaho, Arizona and Wyoming from 1972 – 1988. He worked five years for Hill Air Force Base at Lakeside Maintenance and Rescue by Wendover, NV to make up his service time for retirement. He retired in 1987 yet still stayed active. He loved to golf and ride his bike. In 1992 Bob and Iva began living in Florence, AZ in the winter-time. They spent their summers at their ranch in Duchesne, UT – which they owned for 32 years - in the Lake Canyon/Book Cliff area, and their home in West Point.

Bob had an adventurous spirit. In his life he: worked for Elvis Presley’s dad, drove the “lightning road”(moonshining), played minor league baseball, raised and raced horses, owned many trucks, had many faithful doggi companions, rafted down the Salmon river, he was a logger and a hunter, he loved wheeling and dealing, and he never met a stranger.

The family (and Bob) would like to thank: South Davis Home Health and Hospice and Home Helpers. Specifically, Linda Clawson, Gaylene, Keri, and Wendy. You are special people and truly appreciated!

Graveside Services will be Saturday, July 29, 2023 10 am at the West Point Cemetery 80 North 4000 West in West Point UT 84015

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