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1939 James 2019

James Fender

August 17, 1939 — July 24, 2019

    James Wadell, son of Forest and Alice (Ford) Fender, was born August 17, 1939, at the home farm near Carson, Iowa.  He graduated from Macedonia High School and went on to take trade school classes.  Jim also taught himself through the years how to fix just about anything.

   On June 21, 1959, Jim was united in marriage with Sharon Jo Boruff and their union was blessed with four children: Scott, Shellie, Lori and Sonya.  The family lived in Carson, Macedonia, Oakland and Carroll through the years.  Jim held many jobs, however working as a mechanic was both his vocation and his hobby.  Jim loved playing the accordian as he loved music. Later in life Jim and Sharon enjoyed winters in Texas and summers at the Woodland Campground.  Jim’s quiet nature could not hide his deep integrity and belief in hard work – qualities he passed on to his family.  He always put everyone else ahead of himself.

   Jim battled COPD for decades with a sense of humor and a constant smile.  He and Sharon moved to Manilla in 2016 to be near family.  With his wife and family’s care he enjoyed a wonderful quality of life.  James died at home in Manilla on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 7 days.

   He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Miko Butler; and three brothers and their wives: Stanley and Mabyn, Edwin “Eddie” and Marilyn and Darell and Diana.

   Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years Sharon Fender of Manilla; children: Scott (Debbie) Fender of Manilla; Shellie Butler (the late Miko) of Carroll; Lori Smith (special friend Mark Turner) of Oakland; Sonya (Jason) Gardner of Oakland; 12 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.


Reverend Terry McClain



Sue Brown


Guest Book

Gary and Betty Aukland


Michael Boruff and Rick Fender


Flower Attendants

Sara Holst, Nicole Steineke & Beth Newman


Casket Bearers

Matthew Fender   Jeremy Fender

Steven Butler   Mark Butler   Dakota Smith

Dustin Smith   Sam Louderback


Honorary Casket Bearers

Slade Gardner   Roger West

Kenny Love   Garry Reed   Denny Sutton

Tim Boruff   Chris Boruff



Wheeler Grove Cemetery

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