JAMES EDWIN HERRINGTON
James Edwin Herrington was born December 30, 1932 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Marion ‘Red’ and Ruth Elizabeth (Jacobs) Herrington. Jim enjoyed growing up in Mount Ayr and Benton, Iowa where he graduated with the class of 1952 from Benton high school.
On December 1, 1952, James was united in marriage to Jean Bowen at Blockton, Iowa. From this union were born two daughters, Connie Jean and Pamela Kim. Jim then enlisted in the U.S. Army in January of 1953 during the Korean War. Jim received his basic training at Camp Roberts in California and he was then stationed at Baumholder, Germany with the Army Corp of Engineers. From this unit he and one other were selected to go to Kaiserschlautern, Germany for Morse Code training to be translators.
After his honorable discharge as a corporal, Jim and Jean made their home in Clearfield, Iowa where Jim worked in heavy equipment until 1960. They then moved to Marion, Iowa where Jim was employed by Collins Radio and retired from Rockwell Collins as an industrial engineer in the telecommunications division in 1994. Jim and Jean were devoted to family and friends and enjoyed working on their home and yard. Jim had a great sense of humor and one could expect to chuckle at some quip and one liner that would just pop out of his mouth.
After Jean’s death in 2002, Jim was married to longtime friend of the family, Rosemary Freeze, in 2006. They have enjoyed spending time together and with their families. Jim was very proud of his grandchildren and their achievements and was happy to see his great-grandchildren come into the world. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and Iowa Hawkeye fan.
On October 19, 2012 Jim departed this life at his daughter’s home in Harlan, Iowa following a lengthy illness having attained the age of 79 years, nine months and 19 days. In addition to parents and his first wife Jean, Jim was preceded in death by his stepfather, Paul Dinkel; sister, Dolores Butler; brother, David Herrington; brothers-in-law, Merle Butler, Don Matthews, Eb Haley, Hollis Butler, Tim Johnston, Richard Routh, Don Graham, Frank Hulett and Charles Maurer; sisters-in-law, Helen Herrington, Mickey Dinkel, Annie Haley, Katie Butler, Bell Graham, and longtime friend, Noel Freeze.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Herrington of Marion, Iowa; daughters, Connie Herrington and Pam and husband Roger Rust, both of Harlan, Iowa; sons, Jim Freeze and wife Ann and Tim Freeze and wife Shana, both of Robins, Iowa; grandchildren, Ryan Denton and wife Breanne of Bennington, Nebraska, Todd Denton and wife Ashley of Dunlap, Iowa, Sarah and husband Josh Lesch of Shelby, Iowa, Travis Rust and wife Ruth of Harlan, Iowa, Tatum and husband Mac Lange of Harlan, Iowa and Hailey and Ian Freeze and Hunter and Noelan Freeze, all of Robins, Iowa; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Max Herrington of Atlantic, Iowa; stepbrother, Richard Dinkel of North Carolina; sister, Mary Ann Matthews of Baytown, Texas; stepsister, Janet Dinkel of Keokuk, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Teresa Herrington of Des Moines, Iowa, Sally Pratte of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Alice Johnston of Fort Madison, Iowa, Mickey Routh of Clearfield, Iowa, Sandy Hulett of Osage Beach, Missouri and Marty Maurer of Peosta, Iowa; brothers-in-law, Joe Bowen and wife Alice of Fort Madison, Iowa, Larry Bowen and wife Sharon of Benton, Iowa, Jerry Bowen of Benton, Iowa, Don Maurer and wife Gail of Manchester, Iowa, Dean Maurer and wife Jean of Delhi, Iowa and Randy Maurer and wife Marla of Manchester, Iowa; nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services were held at Faith Lutheran Church on Monday, October 22, 2012. Burial followed later in the afternoon at the Benton Cemetery in Benton.