Henry James, age 76, died peacefully on December 12, 2012,
in American Fork, Utah.
He was born in Vernon, Texas, on April 20, 1936, the youngest
of four children of Jimmy Jack James and Juanita Inez Parks.
He enlisted in the Marine Corp and was stationed in Korea,
where he served from 1953 to 1956. He attended Eastern Montana
College in Billings, Montana, from 1961 to 1965 and studied
accounting and previously attended Midwestern University
in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He married Glenna Stahle on August 1, 1964, and they were
sealed in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple on July 1, 1967. During
the course of their marriage they have lived in Billings,
Montana; Casper, Wyoming; Sterling, Colorado (14 years);
and Miles City, Montana (24 years). Five years ago, they
moved to Utah to be near their children.
Ray was an accomplished athlete, competing in football,
baseball, and track in high school as well as football at
Midwestern University. He was a successful leader in business
and worked as the controller for Sonnenberg and Sons and
Hurst Construction in Sterling, Colorado, and for 21 years
as the controller and officer at E. H. Oftedal and Sons
in Miles City, Montana, where he worked until he retired.
He was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions
in the church, including as the first and second counselor
in the bishopric, ward financial clerk, high priests group
leader, and as a temple worker in the Billings Temple.
Ray is survived by his six children—Michael James
(Nancy) of Springville, Utah; Heidi Price (Lee) of Draper,
Utah; Chris James (Heidi) of Lehi, Utah; Kathy Price (Jason)
of American Fork, Utah; Ray Allan James of Wichita Falls,
Texas; and Randy James (Donna) of Burleson, Texas—by
eleven grandchildren; and by his sister, Ava Lou Haralson
of Dallas, Texas. An infant son, Richard, preceded him in
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 17, 11:00
a.m., at the Thanksgiving Village Ward meetinghouse, 3679
North Bluegrass Boulevard, Lehi, Utah (north of Thanksgiving
Point). A viewing will begin that morning at 10:00 a.m.
(Flowers may be sent to Warenski Funeral home, 1776 N 900
E, American Fork, Utah.) Burial will take place in Lovell,
Wyoming, on Thursday, December 20, preceded by a short memorial
service at 10:00 a.m. at Haskell’s Funeral Home.