James “Roe” Snipes, age 86 of Norwalk died peacefully Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Indianola.
Visitation with the family present will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 3rd with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February with burial immediately following in the Waukee Cemetery, City.
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Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone attending is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing between households
James Monroe Snipes, the son of Frank Monroe Snipes and Mattie Amanda Stevens was born March 18, 1934 in Bethany, Missouri. His family moved to Waukee, Iowa where he attended and graduated from the Waukee High School. Over the course of his life and depending upon whom he met James was also affectionately known either as “Jim” or “Roe”
Jim worked as a farmhand when through mutual friends he was introduced to Charlotte Weisberg of Weldon, Iowa. Together they were married in 1954 and to this union had three daughters, Karen, Lori, and Holly.
Jim and Charlotte moved around central Iowa where Roe worked as a farmhand until settling in Waukee to be near Roe’s mom. Roe worked various jobs during his life-time. He worked as a long-haul driver for North American Van Lines, as a welder at Massey-Ferguson, U-Haul Hitchworld, and as a machinist for Dow Jones in the printing area until he retired. He and Charlotte built a home in Dallas Center where they spent their remaining years together before Charlottes death in 1999.
Roe rekindled his friendship with a past high school classmate, Donna Swallow Hill, at their All-Class Reunion in 2001. They were married on Valentine’s Day 2003. Together they made their home in Norwalk. They enjoyed spending time with family, seeing shows at the Civic Center, and visiting their farm in Osceloa. Donna died on October 12, 2015, after which he moved to an acreage south of Norwalk. Over the years Roe spent his time earning his fix wing pilot’s license, building model airplanes and doll houses, puttering around the house, and going to Anytime Fitness until last year where he often would socialize with the staff and patrons.
Roe, exhausted from winning his battle with COVID19 passed away from exhaustion Saturday morning, January 30, 2021. He lived 86 years, 10 months, and 12 days. In addition to his two wives he was preceded in death by his middle daughter, Lori in 1999 and step-daughter, Carol Jean Hill; and sisters Iva Dean Watkins and Madeleen Hammock.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen (Joel) Worthington of Newton and Holly (Chad) Benge of Orient; step-children, Pam (Joe) Llewellyn of Alaska, Sandi Losee of Des Moines, Carla (Rob) Trewett of Montana, Becky (Kevin) Johnson of Ankeny, Chad Hill of Alaska, Joe (Sharon) Hill of Norwalk, Robin (Trent) Frohock of Altoona, Brian Hill of West Des Moines, Kristin (Patrick) Kelly of Tennessee, and Matthew (Amy) Hill of Colorado; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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