ESTHERVILLE - Graveside services for James Leslie Knox, 61, of South Sioux City, Neb., will be held 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at East Side Cemetery in Estherville with Dr. Roger Hughes officiating. Military graveside rites will be by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died at his home in South Sioux City, Neb., Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Jim was born in Estherville on Sept. 6, 1951 to parents Robert Gordon and Virgil Jean Knox. He attended school in Estherville graduating from EHS in 1969.
Drafted into the armed services in 1970, Jim was deployed to Vietnam for a one-year tour of duty. During his time with the Army he earned several medals, among them the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1971.
During his working career he was employed with Firestone Tire, The Rock Island Railroad and Harold's Red Owl. He was also a trained and licensed plumber. In 2001 Jim obtained his semi truck training and license and was employed as a gasoline tanker truck driver in Sioux City.
The proud father of two children, Matt and Julie, and grandfather to Ella and Mattie, Jim's family was the joy of his life.
There is a long list of activities which Jim enjoyed which included daily walks collecting golf balls at a local course - over the years his collection has grown to 2,000 or more (his son Matt will never have to buy another golf ball!)
He had a very creative flair - he dabbled in poetry under the pen name of "Leslie James" - to our knowledge he was never published and he was a self-taught artist, working with the colored pencil medium. His daughter Julie says "he was the kind of Gramma Moses of his time" - he produced a wide variety of sketches and drawings.
Cribbage and 500 were his favorite card games and he was a master of both. He invented the "Cheeto in the nose" concept which involved the person who was next to deal had to put a Cheeto in their nose so we could keep track of the next dealer. Our family spent many delightful hours playing 500 and laughing til our sides ached . . . he was our joy.
Jim also loved crossword puzzles and playing along with the T.V. Game show, Jeopardy.
Jim was quite the jokester and we could count on lots of fun and laughter when he was around. He loved his mom and her great cooking and frequent gatherings with the family. Through the years, Jim also developed some great cooking skills.
Best described as a "gentle giant", Jim was very much loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Matthew Knox and Julie Knox Fitzgerald and her children, Ella and Mattie; his mom, Virgil Jean Knox; sisters, Barbara Hughes, Bertie Bergeson, Mary Pat Barr, and Patricia Knox and spouses, Roger, Larry and Pat; brothers, David Knox and his wife, Heidi, and John Knox; nieces and nephews, Chris Knox and his wife, Christy, and children, Elizabeth and Noah; Brad Knox and his wife, Laura; Jordan Knox; Suzanne Hughes; David Hughes; Devin Barr; Garrett Barr; aunt, Lavonne Hanson and children, Carole, Marilyn, Betty and Marvin.
Preceding Jim in death were his father, Robert G. Knox; brother, Richard Raymond Knox; both sets of grandparents and uncles Donald and Duane Robinson.
The family thanks you for your acts of kindness during this difficult time. Memorials should be sent to VFW Post 3388 in Estherville.