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James Lee Huston

July 2, 1954 - February 14, 2020
From: Orange City, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
James  Lee Huston

James Lee Huston

Born: July 2, 1954
Died: February 14, 2020
Age: 65

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     James Lee Huston, the son of Millard and Winifred (Daugherty) Huston, was born July 2, 1954 in Spencer, Iowa.  He was baptized at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.  Jim attended Riverton #4 Country School until it closed and then attended special classes at Spencer Schools.

     At age 18, he moved to the Handicap Village in Clear Lake, Iowa, where he worked every day and helped others in his cottage.  James was involved at work, bowling, bell choir and Special Olympics for several years.  He also attended Camp Sunnyside.  In 1994, Jim moved to Spencer Sunshine Center in Spencer. In 1997, Jim moved again to Hope Haven in Orange City and traveled to Rock Valley 5 days a week to work at Hope Haven there.  Jim lived in a waiver home in Orange City until Jan. 2018, when he moved to Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, Iowa.  James was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer for most of his life.  Jim’s parents were part of a group of parents that got the Special Ed Classes started in Spencer schools in the 1950’s and 60’s.

     He passed away at the Prairie Ridge Care Center on Friday, February 14, 2020 at the age of 65.  James was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Sharon Paulsen Sorenson and brother-in-law, Roger Paulsen.

     Left to cherish his memory are two brothers: Gene (Mary) Huston of Spencer, IA;  John (Marilynne) of Naples, FL; four sisters: Shirley (Verdeen) Bremer of Ida Grove, IA, Ruby (Terry) Peterson of Spencer, IA, Carol (Carl) Jensen of Everly, IA and Linda (Keith) Bress of Spencer, IA; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.
"How Great Thou Art"
"Just As I Am"
By The Congregation

Ray Meyer
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the church immediately following the graveside services.


Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6:37 PM
“I just saw this obituary on line. I did not know this gentleman but he seemed like a fine man. God Bless Him”
- Jonathan Thomas
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:03 PM
“I worked for Hope Haven and I often talked to Jim at Parkview. He was always very friendly and eager to share what he was up to. I am very sorry to hear of his passing, and you have my deepest sympathy. ”
- John Pease
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 3:07 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of James’ passing. He was room neighbor to our mother’s room in Prairie Ridge Care Center. There, we got to know him. He was a sweet, sweet man with a big smile, and we know he will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this sad time. ”
- Mary J (Woudstra) Kohout
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:16 AM
“Many, many memories of the Huston family growing u in the same neighborhood, sending sympathy.
- nancy sorensen newgard
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:57 AM
“Our sympathy to your family. Lucas enjoyed being Jim's roommate. ”
- Dan, Sharon, and Lucas Byker
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 8:37 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace!”
- Bryan & Gayle Bailey
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:48 PM
“I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I so enjoyed working with Jim I loved his laugh and his huge smile. He was a great worker and a joy to be around.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you. God received a very special angel.”
- Kathy Wright
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:29 PM
“Sending our sympathy to the entire Huston family. . .”
- Sherri and Tim Steffen
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:29 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. Our sympathies to the family.”
- Bob & Roxy Larson
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:29 PM
“Huston Family—Don’t recall ever meeting Jim but feel like I know him thru his loving sister, Carol. We talked about Jim over many Diet Cokes. Know you will all miss him but know he’s with your parents & his Savior. Hugs & sympathy to you all. God bless”
- John & Nancy Heuck
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7:51 AM
“So sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”
- Jeannie and Les Swenson
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 5:21 AM
“I am very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. I had the privilege of working with him years ago at Sunshine Services. Loved his smile and eagerness. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Laura Johnson
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:15 PM
“My sincere sympathy and love to the Houston family. Thoughts and prayers for you all.”
- Coreen Boernsen
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:14 PM
“My condolences to all. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with "Sheriff Jim". He will forever have a special place in my heart.”
- Jenna Bruns
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 8:14 PM
“I received word that Jim passed away on Friday. I want you to know that he was such a blessing to work with during his years at Hope Haven. He always made me smile.
I am sure that he is patrolling the streets of Heaven with his badge on with a great big smile on his face!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4”
- Amy Van Roekel
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 5:52 PM
“My sympathy and prayers to everyone in the Huston family. ”
- mari lu larson
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“I am sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. I had the privilege of working with Jimmy and truly enjoyed his enthusiasm. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
- Connie Lundbeck
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