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James M. Wurster

Obituary for James M. Wurster

February 12, 1938 - February 9, 2013
Lenox, Iowa | Age 74

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather.


Funeral services for Jim Wurster, age 75 of Lenox, who passed away Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 2:00 PM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox. Visitation will be Monday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3-8 PM with the family greeting friends from 5-8 PM. Interment will be held in the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. INSTEAD OF FLOWERS the family requests memorials be given in Jim's name. Memories may be shared at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

James Merwin Wurster, the son of Walter George and Letha (Basler) Wurster was born February 12, 1938 on the family farm east of Lenox. Jim attended a one room country school [Platt #5] from Kindergarten through 8th grade. He was raised and baptized in the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox. After graduation from Lenox Community High School in 1956, Jim attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. for 2 ½ years. While attending college he met Judy Jacobsen from Walnut, IA. They were united in marriage on June 27, 1959.

Jim and Judy began their new life together on a farm east of Lenox. Jim chose farming as his career and started with a crop share agreement with his father. He farmed a small number of acres of grain, and had a milk cow, some hogs and laying hens. In 1960, Jim and Judy expanded their family to include their first child, Kimberle Sue.

Jim continued to expand his farming while at the same time growing his family. So in the spring of 1962, Jim and Judy moved ½ mile further north. He eventually purchased this farm from Jim's father and to this day this is the family home place. In June of 1962, God blessed Jim and Judy with the arrival of Kristi Ann. A year and a half later, another blessing came in the form of Julie Kay. The family was blessed with two sons; Gregory James, born in 1966, and Jason Walter born in 1975. Their home was a constant flow of activity and joyful noise. Jim's love for his children was instantaneous and never faltered for even a moment.

Over the years, Jim continued building his farming business while at the same time devoted to providing for his family and working diligently every day to make sure this goal was reached. Jim adapted to new methods of farming as they developed through the following 52 years. By the time Jim retired from active farming in 2012, he had gone from general farming, to hog producer/grain farmer, to total grain producer.

Jim's primary focus was his family. Each child was encouraged to get further training and/or education after High School graduation. Jim was a wonderful example for his children and grandchildren of integrity, commitment, honesty and following through on all responsibilities associated with work, marriage and children. Jim had unconditional love for his wife and children. When he didn't agree with his children's actions or choices, he relayed his disapproval by quiet changes in his demeanor –the disapproval was felt not heard.

Besides family activities, Jim was a member of a bowling team for several years and in a couples' 500 Club for many years. He always had an interest in automobiles and over time obtained a collection of several classic cars.

Later in life, Greg and Jim started farming together. Although he thought there was no need for a semi-truck with grain trailer Greg decided to purchase one. Jim soon realized how convenient that type of truck was and purchased one for himself. He enjoyed keeping all his equipment clean and always waxed his tractors & combines. Engine oil was changed on schedule and many grease guns were worn out as he continually greased all necessary parts of the automobiles, trucks & farm equipment. Many hours were spent polishing wheels on cars, pickup and his semi. He was an early riser and enjoyed taking one of his classic cars out for a spin in the early morning hours when there was little traffic and he could enjoy a peaceful drive on hard surface roads. In the past two years he became a dedicated exerciser and changed his diet to eating more healthy food. Bicycling was his preferred exercise and he kept increasing the distance of his rides until his maximum distance per day was 27 miles.

Jim participated in play and teasing with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. He followed their activities by attending all that he could and listening to them relate their successes and defeats. He was supportive of their involvement with love and encouragement. Jim's home was open to all of his children's' friends day or night. He was a "giver" not a taker in his daily life.

His love for his family was forever! He considered his wife and his children and his children's' families his greatest Blessing. Jim was small in stature but God blessed him with a magnificent heart –one big enough to quietly give a piece to all those he loved. We were blessed to have him as our husband, dad, grandpa, brother, friend, and partner! His Spirit will be with us always. He will just be watching over us, encouraging us and protecting us from a different location.

Left to Cherish Jim's memory are his wife Judy, their children; Kimberle Sue Jones [husband Glenn] of Spring, TX, Kristi Ann Smith [husband Todd] of Louisville, KY, Julie Kay Wheeler [husband Mark] of Waxahachie, TX, Gregory James Wurster [wife Leslie] of Lenox, IA, and Jason Walter Wurster [wife Amanda] of Overland Park, KS; eleven grandchildren, one great grandson; brother, Gerald Wurster [wife Joan] of Lake Havasu City, AZ and sister, Jean Lindell [husband Keith] of Lenox, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and an abundance of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter & Letha Wurster and infant grandson Maxim Wurster.

1 Corinthians 13:13 "There are three things that remain –
faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love. "

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