James Joseph Billingsley, age 74 of Prairie City, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Prairie City United Methodist Church. Military rites will be provided by the Iowa National Guard Honor Team. The family will greet friends following the service at a luncheon at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Mosaic Homes in Logan, Iowa or Make-A-Wish Foundation. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The son of James Edward and Betty Marcella (Watters) Billingsley, Jim was born on December 18, 1943 in Knoxville, Iowa. He attended high school in Knoxville. Jim served in the United States Army during Vietnam. On September 15, 1962, he was united in marriage to Gloria Jean Jordan. Jim worked at Armstrong for several years and then ran the P.C. Café in Prairie City until it's closing. He finished out his career in sales prior to his retirement. He enjoyed camping, fishing and watching Fox News.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Gloria; three daughters, Sheila (Brent) Vander Leest, Bobbi (Michael) Streeter, and Wanda (Kyle) Van Houweling; six grandchildren, Jamie Wyngarden, Tyler Vander Leest, Adam (Amy) Streeter, Seth (Jessica) Streeter, Courtney Van Houweling, and Koby Van Houweling; and five great grandchildren, Blake and Brody Wyngarden, Rowen and Kentlee Streeter, and Ezra Streeter. Also surviving are two sisters, Sharon (Richard) Boner and Karen (Douglas) Vander Krol and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Jim in death were his parents, Jim and Betty and his grandparents.
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It still hurts to know you are gone. Be at peace, my friend. You were a great teacher and mentor. My sincere condolences to Gloria and her family. Until we meet again, Jim.
My condolences to the family for your loss of Mr. Billingsley. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15
Imitate the faith of Elijah he watched and he waited. He prayed that his Father's stated will be accomplished, much as Jesus taught his followers to pray some one thousand years later. Elijah example teaches us much about prayer. Foremost in Elijah's thoughts was the accomplishment of his Father's will. When we pray, it is good to remember: "No matter what it is that we ask according to [God's] will, he hears us."
I enjoyed working for Jim and Gloria at the PC Drive Inn. I learned a lot of lessons from them both. Sending love to your family during this difficult time.
Sad to see that, yet again, another one of my classmate has passed away. Although I didn't know Jim that well, I do recall him to be a kind and caring person. Know that I am praying for peace and comfort for the family.
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