James Coady (1946-2019)

James J. Coady, age 72, of Albia, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones, at Oakwood Specialty Care in Albia.

Jim was born on Oct. 26, 1946, to Edward “Ed” James and Mary (Lynch) Coady of Georgetown, Monroe County. Jim graduated from Albia High School class of 1964. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in May 1967 and took training at Fort Campbell, Ken., and Fort Sam Houston Texas. He served a year in Vietnam, being assigned to the clearing station at An Khe and later at Phu Bai where he worked as a medic and also did clerical work. After returning home from the Vietnam War, Jim went to work for his dad, owner of Coady and Son Plumbing and Heating. Jim worked hard and continued to build Coady Plumbing and Heating Inc. into a successful business providing plumbing and site work for large commercial developments statewide.

He was united in marriage to Donna Edwards of Russell, on Sept. 1, 1967, and they built a life together, enjoying 52 years of marriage. They were blessed with their only child, Terry.

Jim “The Bear” loved to play golf and play courses that the PGA players play. He loved being with his golfing buddies and inserting his one liner jokes that would provide laughs and memories for all to remember.

Jim will always be remembered by his beloved wife, Donna; his son, Terry (Kathy) Coady of Ankeny and his two grandchildren, Samantha and Jared. Jim is survived by his sisters, Kareen (Bob) Garrison and Justine (George) Collins; and his brother, Donnie Coady.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his baby brother and sister, Mary Bernadine Greiner. He will be fondly remembered by a large extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Jim’s family present to greet family and friends. A rosary will be held at 4 p.m., led by St. Patrick’s Altar and Rosary Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Georgetown, with Father Mark Yates, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Melrose and Lovilia will follow services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Georgetown.

A memorial has been established to the Welcome Home Soldier Memorial in Albia.

Condolences to the family may be left online at www.tharpfh.com.

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