Phillip Charles James
Phillip Charles James, 83, of Sioux City, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 with his family at his side.
Services for family and friends will be held at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City on Monday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be given at www.meyerbroschapels.com.
The family requests that memorials be made in Phil’s name to the June E Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City to provide light to those suffering from this disease.
Arrangements are with Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, Iowa.
Phillip Charles James was born the son of Howard McKinley James and Naomi (Golden) James in their home in Wayne on Dec. 29, 1934. He grew up in Wayne and graduated from Wayne High School in 1952. He was known for his humor, his generosity, and his ability to ignite laughter in any room. Phil met the love of his life, Carol (Tiedtke) James and the two married on April 29, 1960, beginning a lifelong partnership of love and commitment.
Phil served in the US Army in Fort Sill, Okla. between 1960-1962, achieving a rank of E-5 before his honorable discharge. The couple returned to northeast Nebraska and located in Wayne. Phil became employed by Gillette Dairy as a door-to-door milkman, serving Wayne and the surrounding area for nearly 20 years. It was not uncommon for Phil to see children playing in the sprinkler on a hot summer day and stop the milk truck to deliver popsicles. Phil garnered many friendships over his years in northeast Nebraska, with neighbors in every small town. Phil and Carol moved to Carol’s hometown in Pilger in 1982. Phil accepted the position of Village Clerk in Pilger, following technical training at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. In 1993, Carol retired from teaching and became a minister for the United Methodist Church. Phil, a loyal and stalwart supporter of his wife – and years ahead of his time – traveled with her to her appointments in Norfolk, Friend, and Neligh and served those communities alongside her during his retirement.
In 2001, the couple moved to Sioux City and, although retired, Phil worked part time as a delivery driver for Hy Vee and volunteered for the Veteran’s Administration and St. Luke’s Hospital. Having raised four children, Phil and Carol began to enjoy time spent with their grandchildren, who often visited them in Sioux City to attend camp, play in the pool and just enjoy their grandparents’ company. Phil also enjoyed traveling to visit his family in Iowa, Montana and Washington. His children and grandchildren were the center of his life, a source of enormous pride and they will always remember him fondly the 25th of each month.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carol (Tiedtke) James and his children: Penny James (Jim Kibler) of Trout Creek, Mont., Allen (Eva) James of Carroll, Iowa, Pam (Erik) Christensen of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Michael (Tracy Duany) James of Seattle, Wash.; seven grandchildren,Ramsay Riddell, McKenna (Daltin ) Pickett, Tristan Riddell, Wyatt Hancock, Maggie Riddell, Phoebe James and his namesake, Charles Phillip James; one great-granddaughter; a sister, June Papst of Papillion, NE and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, MariBelle, and his mother-in-law, Viola (Tiedtke) Mewis.