In memory of
James L. Garwood
James L. Garwood Urbandale James L. Garwood (born July 7, 1946) died in his Urbandale home on January 7, 2017. Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years Sherian (Lindsey) Garwood, his 2 sons, James L Garwood Jr. (Valerie McKinney) and Matthew C. Garwood (Stephanie) as well as his 3 grandsons Kurt, Grant and Cole Garwood and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim has 3 siblings, Carol (Roger) Ryberg, Hal (Carolyn) Garwood, and Beverly (Paul) Marple. Jim was born and raised in Urbandale across from the Urbandale Historical Society. Jim's childhood home in the 50's and 60's was a mecca for kids to play basketball, ping pong, drink pops, and to light cherry bombs. Jim graduated from Urbandale High School in 1964. After briefly attending college, Jim decided to volunteer for Vietnam by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1968. Jim met Sherian K. Lindsey in 7th grade and married her on July 21, 1967. Jim joined Firestone Tire in 1969 working the graveyard shift as a tire builder for 40 years. He was a fiercely proud Union man and a true supporter of "the working man". Upon retirement, he worked maintaining the properties and apartments he worked so hard to acquire. As a life-long jogger, Jim was especially proud of his achievements running marathons and competing in triathlons. Known as a prodigious reader, Jim enjoyed books on history, DIY projects, and mathematical probabilities. Jim was a proud supporter of his Urbandale community. He umpired countless Little League games in the 80's, supported and attended athletic programs, and never missed a 4th of July parade. He considered himself an amateur historian and was proud to have witnessed how Urbandale has grown. Jim made many friends and was a highly respected member of his community. Jim succeeded in marriage, a provider and loyal husband. He succeeded as a parent, raising his 2 sons with 100% love and 2% fear. He succeeded as a grandpa, helping to raise his 3 grandchildren and reveling in their success. Finally, Jim succeeded as a brother, Uncle, and patriarch of a family he loved. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Ann (Christiansen) Garwood. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jim's life on Friday, January 13th from 6-8 pm at the Urbandale American Legion Hall at 6805 Douglas Ave. Jim has been interred at Veteran's Military Cemetery in Van Meter.
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