Jim Mace of Perry

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Memorial services for James Mace will be held Saturday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Perry. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery. If desired, friends may give memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, and these may be left at Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.

James “Jim” Mace, 89, of Perry died Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Homes in Perry, Iowa.

The elder of two sons, he was born May 10, 1931, on the family farm outside of Perry to Lester Nelson and Vallie Grace (Karr) Mace.

Jim graduated from Perry High School and Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry.

On Aug. 23, 1953, Elsie Margaret Christisen and he united in marriage at the First Presbyterian Church of Perry.

Except his brief service in the U.S. Army, Jim’s career was spent first working on the family farm outside of Perry and then at Stine Research Farm.

When not in the field, tending livestock, processing seed corn or maintaining equipment, Jim volunteered his time at Habitat for Humanity, Perry Community School Board, First Presbyterian Church and regional councils of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His leisure time was spent behind a camera, taking photos of landscapes, trips and holiday and family gatherings. He was also fond collecting rocks or constructing something out of wood.

Preceding him in death were his parents. Lester and Vallie Mace; and an infant son, David Paul Mace.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie; children, Cynthia “Cindy” (Carl Silberman) Mace of Lake Forest, Illinois, Virginia “Ginny” (Mark) Shanda of Lexington, Kentucky, and Christina “Christy” (Scott) Coffman of Perry; granddaughters, Ann and Kay Shanda; and brother, Weldon (Jeanne) Mace of Grand Junction, Colorado.

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