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Pastor Randy Fylie James

Jan 8, 2021

Funeral services for Pastor Randy Fylie James, 72, of Graettinger, will be held at 2 p.m., Fri-day, Jan. 8, 2021, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Esther-ville with Pastor Lori Westfall offici-ating. Interment will be at St. Paul’s of South Walnut Cemetery, Graet-tinger, with military hon-ors by Nelson-Christensen American Legion Post #162 of Graettinger.He met our Lord and Sav-ior with great joy and antic-ipation on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Mercy One North Iowa Hospital in Mason City.Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Hen-ry-Olson Funeral Chapel in EsthervilleRandy Fylie James, the son of E.F. “Pete” and Ruth (Wikert) James was born July 21, 1948, in Esther-ville, Iowa. He received his education in the Graettinger schools, graduating from Graetting-er High School in 1966. Randy, Ben Hankey, Bobby Jacobsen and Jerry Wikert had a rock band in High School called “The Cap-tives” where Randy played guitar and sang at many teen dances in the area. Randy then attended and graduated from the Univer-sity of South Dakota with a degree in History Educa-tion and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, serving from 1970 until 1971.On March 4, 1967 he was united in marriage to Cindy Hersleff at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. The couple lived in Vermillion, SD, Akron, IA and Melvin, IA where Randy taught High School History and coached Girls Softball and Basketball, making sever-al state champ appearanc-es. After living in Melvin, they lived in Centralia, MO where Randy worked for Helena Chemical Com-pany. Randy and Cindy then returned and settled in Graettinger to raise their family in the mid 1970s. He worked as an Ag Chem-ical Rep for ChemAgro and later Stauffer Chemical Co. When Stauffer was sold, he worked as an Account Executive for Federated Rural Insurance Exchange for 16 years before he re-tired. Randy also served in the National Guard for 18 years, where he was Cap-tain but served in a Major’s slot. He also served as City Councilman and Mayor of Graettinger, as well as on the School Board and Church Council at Bethel Lutheran. He was active with the Graettinger Amer-ican Legion. Randy was also a supply Pastor for 25 years, and was official-ly ordained on April 24, 2016. Most recently, he served at Redeemer Luther-an Church in Estherville and was grateful to call those wonderful people his church family. He great-ly cherished the friendships made at Redeemer. Ran-dy married Delaine Jacobson on May 17, 2018. The couple made their home outside of Graettinger and en-joyed going south to Arizona for the winters to make many more memories together.Randy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Es-therville. Grandpa Randy was admired by his grand-children and was often re-ferred to as the grandboys’ “Ironman” due to his sim-ilar looks, cleverness and wisdom. He made certain to make each Christmas joyous and memorable by being the family’s “Santa Claus” as he was generous beyond belief to loved ones and strangers alike, adopt-ing families in need to share the magic of the season. He insisted we believe. Randy lived his life for the Lord,discerning the Holy Spirit and spreading Jesus’ love wherever he could, making memorable events for all through church, commu-nity plays and events. He could hardly wait for the day he would meet Jesus and often told others what a joyous day that will be for him. He encouraged all to not fear death and to live with a heart like Jesus. He was a great comfort and blessing to his blood fam-ily, his new family with Delaine, his friends, and his church family.Left to cherish Randy’s memory are his wife, De-laine; his children, Kipp James and wife, Christina of Tigard, Oregon; Chel-sea McNally and husband, Chuck of Waverly, Iowa; Allison Meester and hus-band, Neil of Parkersburg; 12 grandchildren, Randi Kay (Kyle) Cook; Dylan James; Dalton (Jokabed) James; Sophie James; Pat-rick (Staci) McNally; Alex-is (Justin) Kibbie; Joseph McNally; Tyler McNally; Gabriel Santoiemma; Mi-chael Santoiemma; Jacob (Elizabeth) Russow; Alexis Russow; Carlee and Lexi Meester; 6 greatgrandchil-dren, Johnny, June and Jack Cook; Jayanni and Kahlea James; Mathias Russow; brother, Tony James and his wife, Donna of Altoona, Iowa; niece, Heather (An-drew) Payne and Henry of Overland Park, KS. De-laine’s children and grand-children, Joel Jacobson of Graettinger; Jodi and husband, Wes McMains, Jenna, Jacob and Ava of Owatanna, MN; Jason and Dana Jacobson, Cade, Kyan and Jett of Emmets-burg; Josh Jacobson and daughter, Jacy of Graet-tinger.He has been preceded in death by his parents and wife, Cindy.Memorials may be giv-en to Redeemer Lutheran Church of Estherville.www.henryolsonfuneral.com