Mr. James Harold Waters

  • Born: February 24, 1940
  • Died: December 30, 2018
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Harold Waters, 78, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on December 30th, 2018 peacefully surrounded by his family.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., January 5, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens (4208 North Ankeny Blvd) with graveside service to follow. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. Pastor Owen Cayton of Ankeny Christian Church will be officiating.

James was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 24th, 1940. Jim lived his early years on the east side and attended Brooks Elementary where he acquired a lifelong love of the Iowa State Fair. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1958. Jim attended Grandview College, the University of Iowa, and Drake University. He graduated in June of 1968 with a BA in political science from Drake University. He then attended law school and graduated from Drake in May of 1971.

Jim married Susan Reiling on May 14th, 1988; they were married 30 years. As a child he was very involved with boy scouts. He loved his 1940 Ford, football, NASCAR, dogs, cats, and spending time with family and friends. Everyone who Jim came in contact with became a good friend. He was the kindest man and would help anyone at any time. He spent his free time traveling to car shows, races, and ISU games. He was a member of the Elks club of Ankeny, Iowa Bar Association, Doberman Pinscher Club, and The Hot Rod Association.

James is survived by his daughter, Jean (James) A. Glentzer; two stepsons Jesse (Danna) Saathoff and Ryan (Rosie) Saathoff; and 7 grandchildren Traci (Chris) Glentzer, Alyssa, Caden, Joe Jack, Calvin, Mary, and Canton.

James is preceded in death by his wife Susan Jane (Reiling) Waters, parents, James Henry Waters and Tillie Matilda Tipton, and sister, Agnes Waters.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to two of Jim's favorite organizations; Doberman Pinscher Club of Greater Des Moines (301 North Street, New Virginia, IA 50210) or Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc; Attn: Donations-5452 NE 22nd Street Des Moines, Iowa 50313.