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James Paxton Jr.


Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:01 a.m. CDT

James “Jim” Paxton, Jr., 73, of Creston died March 18, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

No memorial services will be held. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shannon City at a later date. Memorials are to American Kidney Foundation or Dog Gone Rescue in Creston. Online condolences may be left at

James Floyd Paxton, Jr., son of Elsie Harriet (McCracken) and James Floyd Paxton, Sr., was born July 14, 1943, in Union County. He grew up in the Shannon City area. Jim graduated from East Union High School in 1961. Jim served his country in the United States Army from 1961 until 1964 in Thailand. After returning from the military, he earned his associate degree in science from Iowa Western Community College.  

Following graduation, Jim lived on a farm south of Arispe working as a machinist and mechanic for nearly 30 years while working for John Deere and International Harvester in many locations. He also worked for Vanmark and Brown Bear as a machinist. After retiring in 2002, Jim moved to Creston for six years, later to Prescott for two years and most recently moved to Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston.  

Jim is survived by his sisters, Neoma (Al) Davis of Creston and Ann Green in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; brother-in-law Dennis Campbell of Mount Ayr; nieces, Deb (Randy) Hansen of Creston and Dianna Davis of Creston; nephews, Scott (Jenny) Green of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mike (Shannon) Green of Austin, Texas, Brian Campbell of Des Moines and Shaun (Carolyn) Campbell of Ames; pet dog Rufus; along with several great-nieces and -nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna Campbell and brother-in-law Jim Green. 

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