James A. “Jim” Watson
James A. “Jim” Watson, 80, of Mt. Pleasant died on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Park Place Elder Living.
Visitation will begin after noon on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., that evening. A funeral mass with be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, with Rev. Brian Shepley celebrating. Following the service cremation will be accorded. Burial will follow at a later date in St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Mt. Pleasant Community School District Foundation for the purpose of purchasing elementary library materials or the Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
Watson was born on Dec. 5, 1935, in Rubio, the son of Lawrence Glenn “Lank” and Lucille Adeline Bond Watson. He was a graduate of Keota High School. On June 14, 1956, he married Eileen Heisdorffer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Keota.
He worked in the seed and fertilizer business, retiring in 2010.
He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
He enjoyed following the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, reading books about the Civil War and World War II, and spending time with his family.
Watson is survived by his wife, Eileen; three sons, Curt (Cindy) Watson, of Mt. Pleasant; Dick (Nancy) Watson, of Mt. Pleasant; and Kevin (Julia) Watson, of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Pam (David) Smith, of Cedar Falls; and Patti (Kevin) Roth, of Mt. Pleasant; two brothers, Gary Watson, of Moberly, Mo.; and Bob (Patsy) Watson, of Ft. Madison; one sister, Sheila (Ron) Chapman, of Melbourne, Fla; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Kenny Watson and Larry Watson.