Isaac Stephen James

November 29, 1945 ~ March 18, 2020 (age 74)

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Isaac Stephen James passed away on March 18, 2020. A memorial service is planned for 11 am Thursday, March 26th, 2020 at True Bible Baptist Church followed by interment with military honors  at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter at 12:30. We will be following CDC guidelines. Service will be streamed for those in attendance at home.

Isaac was born November 29, 1945 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA to Manson L James and Margie Shelton James. He was educated in the Des Moines School District, attending North High School, then receiving his degree from the Department of Public Instruction in September of 1976.

From 1963-1965, Isaac served his country in the Navy where he was a Captains Assistant and worked in an Artillery Unit on the U.S. DD666 during the Vietnam War.

Isaac evolved in religion. He was baptized in his youth. He was a practicing Muslim as an adult, but he confessed to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the end.

After the Navy, Stephen , as he was affectionately called, worked as a salesman forDRC Shoe Store. He then worked for the City of Des Moines as a heavy equipment operator. He later worked for Pittsburg Plate and Glass. It was there he learned the craft of making beautiful glass tables.

Stephen loved to fish. He would often mess up every pan in the house cleaning his catch. He was a collector! Stephen collected movies, music  and art. He had a massive lamp collection.

Stephen was a man who loved his community. He was friendly and kind to everyone he met. He had a smile that was infectious.

Preceding him death were his parents, Mason L. James and Margie B (Shelton) James; his sisters, Pearl P. Daniels, Madeline Montgomery, Rebecca D. James, and his grandson, Jelon J Garnett.

Stephen leaves to cherish his memory,  his loving and devoted wife, Yvonne M (DIxson) James; his daughters, Stephanie A. Garnett and Nicolette Y. Clem; his sisters, Esther E. Fryer and Marjorie A. McGaw; his niece and nephew, Linda Boyler and Theodore Daniels; his grandchildren, Travis D. James, Colezelle N. James,  JaMikel R. Garnett, Carrera I. Clem, Candy Y Clem, and Calvin R. Clem; his great grands, Rashad D. Garnett, Rachel E. Garnett and his namesake, Issac E. James.



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Memorial Service
March 26, 2020

11:00 AM
True Bible Baptist Church
4101 Amherst St
Des Moines, IA 50313

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Military Honors
March 26, 2020

12:30 PM
Iowa Veteran's Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA 50003

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