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Harry Thomas James
(December 18, 1926 - June 6, 2014)

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Harry Thomas James

U.S. Veteran

Harry Thomas James, 87 years of age of Challis, Idaho passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jones & Casey Funeral Home in Challis at 531 Highway 93 South. Viewing will be one hour before services. Burial will be in the Challis Cemetery with Military Honors by the American Legion Phillip Kirk Post #109 and the Idaho Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to Avalon Home Health and Hospice or a charity of your choice. Harry was born on December 18, 1926 in Challis, the son of Gurney R. and Katherine M. (Mavity) James. He attended Challis Elementary and High Schools graduating in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Army that May. He served in Germany until he was honorably discharged in November of 1946. Returning to Challis, he soon met and married the love of his life, Mona Gustafson. To this union three sons were born: Doug, Dennis and David. He and Mona owned and operated North Avenue Cleaners for 25 years. During that time he also was employed with the U.S. forest Service. Throughout the years, many enjoyable seasons were spent with his sons, grandsons and friends on numerous hunting and fishing trips. Harry loved to gather around the dinner table to enjoy a great meal and reminisce about the hunting and fishing experiences. After retiring in 1988, much time was spent traveling with brothers and sisters throughout Alaska and Arizona. Whenever anyone needed help with a project like fence building, house remodeling or painting, he was always the first one there. Family was always #1 with Harry. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mona of Challis, three sons: Doug (Chris) James, Dennis (Cindy) James and David (Peggy) James; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Bill (June) James, Jim James; sisters: Lorraine (Wendell) Olson, and Janet (Dean) Argyle. Harry was preceded in death by his father Gurney, mother Kate, brother Richard James, sisters: Tiny Williams,Stella Winter and Carol Bush and great-grandson Sawyer Wanstrath.


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