Lifelong Delta resident Bill M. James died Dec. 1, 2017, at the Veterans Life Center in Grand Junction. He was 93.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1923, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Elmer and Pearl James. He lived most of his life in Delta aside from time spent in the U.S. Navy and Army. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1941 and was assigned to the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor on the same ship as his older brother Leland (Jim). He was then assigned to the USS Arctic in the South Pacific hunting enemy submarines.
After the war, he married Joyce Smith of Pea Green. They had two daughters and later separated.
Mr. James enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in Korea until he was injured and honorably discharged in 1951.
He then married Gertrude Wood in Grand Junction, adopting her daughter Ruth Ann Wood.
Mr. James worked in real estate and insurance and as a salesman for car dealerships in Delta. He was a member of the VFW, the DAV and the Delta Elks Lodge. He enjoyed playing cards at the Elks Lodge, hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors with friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle; two brothers, Edwin and R. Wesley; a sister, Ramona; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude; two daughters, Danielle and Ruth Ann; and siblings, Jim, Marie, Robert and Ailene.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Delta Elks Lodge.