James Settles

James A. “Jimbo” Settles, 77, of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, Missouri.

He was born on November 26, 1946, in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Samuel Dewey and Etta Mae (Case) Settles. On May 10, 1969, he married Phyllis Hammer at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Franklin.

Survivors include his wife: Phyllis; sons: Sean (Lindsay) Settles of Fort Madison, Pete (Chrissy) Settles of West Point, Iowa and Jon (Emily) Settles of Columbus Junction; grandchildren: Katlynn (Cody) Mason, Rodric (Elizabeth) Settles, Danen, Jarrett, Tanner, Tauren, Tate, Paul and Eve Settles; great grandchildren: Brooke, Luke, Kane, Dakota and Beckham; step-great grandchildren: Bristol and Berkley; sister: Carol (Terry) Durbin of Bella Vista, Arkansas. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two half sisters and one half brother.

James was a 1965 graduate of Fort Madison High School. He attended Burlington Junior College and the University of Hawaii. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. James worked as a millwright at the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. He was a member of the Burlington Eagles Club, Burlington Disabled American Veterans and the Fort Madison Vietnam Veterans of America. He enjoyed tinkering on cars, racing and watching westerns.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point.

A private family graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cemetery in rural Franklin with full military rites presented by the Fort Madison Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Burial will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery, rural Franklin.

A memorial has been established in his memory for the West Point Fire and Rescue.

Schmitz Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzfuneralhomes.com.