James Patrick “Jim” Mead, 81

James Mead

James Patrick “Jim” Mead, 81, of Marshalltown, IA, left his earthly home to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, October 2, 2017, under the care of Iowa River Hospice, in Marshalltown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 9, 2017, at the St. Mary Catholic Church, 9 W. Linn Street, Marshalltown. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main Street, Marshalltown, with a Vigil Service following the visitation at 6 p.m. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Iowa River Hospice or St. Francis Catholic School in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.

Jim was born on March 3, 1936, at St. Thomas Hospital in Marshalltown; he was the son of John and Elizabeth (DeMuth) Mead and the youngest of six children. Jim started his career at age nine selling the Chicago Tribune and Des Moines Register at the old Kresge Corner, Bliss Anderson and the Tallcorn Towers Hotel. From the age of twelve, he was active in his family’s business, Mead’s Dairy, where he “hopped” bottles during the summer months to give the delivery men relief.

Jim graduated from St. Mary’s High School, class of 1954, where he was a starter in football and basketball. During the summer months, he was the catcher for the American Legion baseball team. Upon entering the University of Iowa in 1954, he was honored to be invited to try out for the Hawkeye football team. He was also the reserve catcher for the Hawkeye baseball team. At Iowa, he was a proud member of the Catholic fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta. After attending Iowa, Jim returned home to Marshalltown to be united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Roberta “Bobbi” Hoganson on August 24, 1957. In their 60 years of marriage, they were blessed with seven children.

Jim helped to expand Mead’s Dairy which was only one of two family-owned dairies left in the state of Iowa, before being sold to Prairie Farms Co-Op in 1981. He worked for Prairie Farms and Robert’s Dairy until his retirement in 1999. During his career, he formed lasting friendships with grocery store managers, school kitchen workers and many individuals in the milk processing business across the state of Iowa.

The last 24 years of retirement were spent in Marshalltown, his Northwoods Minnesota cabin on Two Inlets Lake, cheering for the Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, and traveling the world to visit his family whom he cherished and adored. Jim was a 50-year member of both the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Forresters. He was a 4th Degree Knight and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Jim will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Bobbi; his seven children: Beth (Brian) Freeman, of Davidson, NC, Gregory (Soony) Mead, of Spokane, WA, Brian (Cyndi) Mead, of Pompano Beach, FL, Robert (Ann Marie) Mead of Darien, IL, Phillip (Hwa Son) Mead, of Ft. Irwin, CA, Ann Mead, of Chicago, IL, and James Mead II, of Chicago; his eleven grandchildren: Elise, Ryan, Carmen, John Henry, Jonathan, Stephanie, Brittany, Emily, Robbie, Christopher and Jennifer; and a great-grandchild, Mason. He is also survived by two sisters, Catherine Lepine, of Keego Harbor, MI, and Mary Blocker, of Chicago; a brother, Charles (Jackie) Mead, of Merritt Island, FL; two brothers-in-law, George (Mary) Hoganson, of Oak Brook, IL, and Tom Phelan, of Colfax, IA; and over 40 nieces and nephews.

In death, Jim is reunited with his parents, John and Elizabeth; his sister, Rosemary and his brother, John.