Jim George, 77, of Diagonal died Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Clearview Home in Clearfield.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr. The Rev. Bill Armstrong will officiate the service. Open visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Diagonal Cemetery. Memorials may be made for a scholarship at Diagonal School in Jim’s name or the Chicken Inn in Creston. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
Jerry James “Jim” George, son of Arthur James and Geraldine (Strange) George, was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Union County. His family lived in Parkville, Missouri, and Illinois before moving back to Diagonal area where he started kindergarten and graduated with his class of 1958. During his high school years and one year of college, Jim worked for his dad and ran a dozer, later buying the dozer when his dad retired.
On May 14, 1959, Jim married Willetta “Snookie” Vanderpluym and they moved to Peoria, Illinois, where Jim worked and went to school at Caterpillar. They moved back home and started farming in March 1960. Besides farming, Jim worked operating a dozer, had a body shop and rebuilt cars. Jim went to work as a crop adjuster for Federal Crop, and in 1983, he became an agent and sold crop insurance for private companies until he sold his agency.
Jim is survived by his wife; children, RaNa Sue (Bob) Bailey, Patrick James George (Corina Boyer) and Shawn Ann (Marty) Cameron; grandchildren, Ryan (Alle) Bailey, Chad Bailey and Becca, Levi Cameron and Shelby, Taylor (Bradley) Bentley and Bailey (Dillon) Drake; great-grandchildren, Alexa and Maverick Bailey, Quinn Bentley and one on the way; step-grandchild Sawyer Thomas; sister-in-law Susan Kinney; nephew Colby (Tricia) Holmes; niece Renante Kinney; great-nephews, Russell Holmes, Soyer Wimer and Brekk Illg; great-nieces, Katie Holmes, Addisyn Illg and Maryn Illg.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Jerry George and parents-in-law, Paul and Mary (Canny) Vanderpluym.