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Mr. James Harold 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 De
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    5452 N.E. 22nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50313

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“I knew Jimmy through the legal world. He was an established lawyer when I started. Jimmy was a nice guy and never took advantage of a young lawyer...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ted Engel - Des Moines

“you were a great man and we will miss you morethan you will ever know . you are with sue now soboth of you rest in peace ”
2 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I will miss Jim,his legal advice his jokes. I Have known Jim for over 35 years. It's a very hard loss to know that his kind heart plus all that...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: John Richardson - Des Moines, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss Jim was a good friend to my dad, Doug Goodell, for many years and I have a lot of fond memories of that time. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Jill Harryman (Goodell) - IA

“I am truly sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man and will be missed very deeply and I want to say jim, u can see mom now and thank u for...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Mari Mansker - Johnston, IA

“Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was our families attorney for many years. He was always willing to help us out and provide any legal advice...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Angie Ramirez - Des Moines, IA

“Jim was a big guy.....very big! He had to be, I guess, to house that big heart of his.When my classmates and I began law school, not without a good...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Alan Koufer - Nashville, TN

“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing! He was a bright light in the legal community and I always enjoyed having cases and mediations with him. He always...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Kim Stamatelos - Clive, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Mr Waters was our attorney. He was always so very kind. Prayers to the family. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Charles and LuAnne Meeks - MO

“May all the Dobies watch over you! ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Hays - Dayton, IA - Friend

“Sorry for your loss he was a good friend ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Daryl Lewis - Iowa city, IA

“James you are a great friend a good attorney I'm going to miss you miss the times in the garage drinking from the bottle in the bottom cupboard...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Mark Meeks - Des Moines, IA

“This is in remembrance of my very dear buddy of 50 years. We began Drake law school together in 1968. We have had many enjoyable and humorous times...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Michael McMurry - Ankeny, IA

“It is so hard to lose one's parents. You feel as if you are not prepared. The truth is our parents start the day we are born, teaching us, to carry...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Troyle Tognoli - Ukiah, CA

“So sorry Jean. Really enjoyed talking with your father at the wedding. Praying for you. Love David and Diane ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: David Diane Piombo - Ocean Shores, WA

“Jim you were my attorney and my friend and I will truly miss you ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Thompson - Des Moines, IA

“Jim and Sue have been friends for 20 years. Had great times having drinks to going to Puertao Vallarta. Always had great fun, laughs and good...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Connie Kappos - Ankeny, IA

“Well you got your wings way to early now you can supervise sue❤❤You had the biggest heart abd you always lioved a good joke and tell a...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Vicki/bob Berry - Ankeny, IA


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.