Richard Ellsworth James, 73, of Strawberry and Scottsdale, died April 26, 2002. He was born April 7, 1929, in Oelwein, Iowa.
After attending high school and the University of Iowa, he joined DeKalb Agricultural Company, working in various cities in the Midwest. He was called to military service during the Korean conflict, attended basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and spent time in Tucson and Louisville, Ky. before being transferred to Camp Gordon in Georgia.
In 1953, he moved to Phoenix and joined Deer-O-Paint and Chemical Co., the company from which he retired in December 1986.
A loving family man, doting grandfather, builder, gardener, fisherman and coin collector, Mr. James also was a member of Creighton and Payson United Methodist Churches.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly Mae (Grapes) James of Strawberry and Scottsdale; three sons, Bradley Irvin James of Ogden, Utah, Kevin Richard James and his wife, Cheryl, and David Michael James and his wife, Shonna, both of Phoenix; grandsons Justin and Timothy; granddaughters Sarah, Laura, Sierra, Lindsey and Katlyn; and two great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Kaden. His parents preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held Monday, April 29 at Creighton United Methodist Church in Phoenix.
Donations can be made to Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern, Suite A-100, Phoenix, AZ 85021, or to Creighton United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 4900 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018, or to Payson United Methodist Church Building Fund, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson, AZ 85541.
Messinger Payson Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.