US Army

James Alonzo Braswell, III

October 6, 1945 ~ April 7, 2021 (age 75)


James “Jim” Braswell, age 75, of Norwalk passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Manor Care in West Des Moines.

Visitation, with the family present to receive guest, will be held on Thursday, April 15 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at O'Leary Celebration of Life Center in Norwalk.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held immediately following at 5:00 PM.

Burial will take place on Friday, April 16 at 9:30 AM at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa.

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Life Story of Jim Braswell

James “Jim” Alonzo Braswell, III was born to James A. Braswell, Jr. and Louise (Cook) Braswell in Memphis, Tennessee on October 6, 1945.  Shortly thereafter, James’ family moved to Des Moines, where he would return throughout his life.  When he was three years old, his family traveled abroad and moved to Bombay, India for three years.  When Jim was in high school, the family moved to Kobe, Japan for a year.

After high school, Jim attended Drake University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1968.  While he was at Drake, he met the love of his life, Jane Ellen Scribner, in 1966.  A year later, on October 27, 1967, Jim & Jane tied that knot and became husband and wife.  Throughout the years, they started a family that included two wonderful sons, Zak and Austin.

Jim answered the call of his country and joined the Armed Forces.  He became a Specialist 5 in the United States Army, serving from 1968 to 1971 and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.  Later in life, he was an advocate for Vets, something he was extremely proud of, and would volunteer at the VA Hospital in Des Moines.  He also joined the Cumming American Legion, proudly serving his community alongside other veterans.

After serving in the Army, Jim received the opportunity of a lifetime when he obtained the most ideal job, which allowed him to be a “Big Kid”, when he joined the Sales team of Hasbro Toys.

Jim loved helping other people and would volunteer with the Red Cross, the Norwalk Boy Scouts and was a member of the Norwalk School Board.

In his later years, Jim enjoyed woodworking and leatherworking, allowing him to sell some of these pieces at a friend’s shop in Valley Junction.  One of his most favorite past times & hobbies was snacking, enjoying a good ol’ PB & J sandwich whenever he could.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James & Louise Braswell, and son Zak Braswell.

The memory of Jim will be cherished by his wife, Jane of Norwalk; son Austin (Lily) Braswell of Dobbs Ferry, New York; daughter-in-law Dena Ostrander of Des Moines; sister-in-law Jo Ann Davis of West Des Moines; grandchildren Anneliesa & Paxton of Des Moines, Hudson & Piper of Dobbs Ferry, New York; nephew Scott (Karen) Davis of Urbandale and great-niece Cadence Davis.

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April 15, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211
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Celebration of Life
April 15, 2021

5:00 PM
O'Leary Celebration of Life Center ~ Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, Iowa 50211
Guaranteed delivery before the Celebration of Life begins

Graveside Service
April 16, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Adel


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