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James O.Willmore, Jr. 1921-2013

December 5, 2013
Emmetsburg News

HUBBARD -- Funeral service for James Orr Willmore, Jr., was held Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hubbard. Pastor Matthew Rueger officiated.

Interment was in the Dysart Cemetery at Dysart. Military honors were presented by American Legion Post #4, Hubbard. Boeke Funeral Home, Hubbard, was in charge of arrangement.

James Orr Willmore, Jr. (Jim) passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the Hubbard Care Center after a lengthy bout with Parkinson's disease. He was born on July 3, 1921 in Dysart, to James Orr, Sr. and Ella (Spillman) Willmore. He graduated from Dysart High School and attended Iowa State University. Jim met his wife, Margarete Buck, while they were classmates at Dysart High. They were married on March 17, 1941.

He entered the U.S. Army in December 1942. While in the service he attended the University of Chicago under the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) for nine months in 1943. He served in both the European Theater of Operations and the Southwest Pacific Theater before being discharged in January 1946.

Jim worked in several different capacities before entering the banking field in 1956. He completed 57 years in the banking business (Brenton Banks in Emmetsburg, Jefferson, and Eagle Grove, Security State Bank in Hubbard, and most recently Security State Bank in Radcliffe) at the time of his death. He served on many boards and clubs throughout his life.

He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking, spending time with family and friends, as well as winters in Arizona. He was an Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Jim is survived by his wife of 72 years, Margarete; two sons James Orr (Bettje) Willmore III of Wallingford; John Buck (Carmen) Willmore of Hubbard; four grandchildren James Orr (Christy) Willmore IV of Superior, WI; David (Jennifer) Willmore of Fishers, IN; Heather Dyar of Des Moines; Benjamin Buck (Jill) Willmore of Iowa City; two step-grandchildren Ashley (Casey) Lima of San Antonio, TX; Nikki Pender of Coralville; seven great-grandchildren Holden Willmore, Hunter Willmore, Abigail Willmore of Superior, WI; James Orr Willmore V. and Sarah Will- more of Fishers, IN; Ayden Dyar and Prentice Dyar of Des Moines; and two step-great grandchildren Josh Hill of Addison, TX and Jake Hill of Stevens Point, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, and two sisters, Frances E. Feller and Dorothy Mae Dethlefs.

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