Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
OBITUARY ~ JAMES "JIM" CLARY
James (Jim) CLARY was born on July 22, 1940 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Buel CLARY and Sarah CRAIG CLARY. He passed away
in Lewisville, Texas on June 21, 2013 after a battle with bone cancer that left him with many complications his body could
no longer tolerate.
He was preceded in death by his parents of Grinnell, Iowa, many of his aunts, uncles and cousins in
the CRAIG and CLARY families and his mother-in-law, Martie CURRIE of Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife,
Gloria CURRIE CLARY, and their two children, Kevin CLARY of Perth, Australia and Kelley CLARY GIBSON of Colleyville, Texas,
along with his son-in-law, Clayton GIBSON, and Jim's two grandchildren, Hayley Isabel GIBSON and Blake James GIBSON.
The rest of his living family includes his three brothers-in-law, Johnnie Ray CURRIE, Larry CURRIE and Ronnie CURRIE; his
two sisters-in-law, Shirley CURRIE and Dawn CURRIE; his father-in-law,Johnnie L. CURRIE, plus many nieces and nephews.
Jim had a wonderful life. He grew up in Missouri and Iowa and spent time with his extended CRAIG family. He was an only
child, and they lived in the country where his father managed a pipeline pump station. He used to spend time in the woods
"hunting" with his little dog and a BB gun. As he grew older, his first job was at a JCPenney store at 13 years old putting
together little red wagons and Jim used to joke that, if there were parts left over when he finished, he just gave them a
After going to college in Marysville, Missouri, Jim moved to Oklahoma City to work for a large department store
selling menís suits and clothing. While living in Oklahoma City, he met his future wife, Gloria, living in the same
apartment building in which he lived. They were married in Phoenix, Arizona in 1962, where their son Kevin was born.
He continued to work for various department stores in different parts of the country, including Mount Ayr, Iowa, where
their daughter, Kelley, was born and Patterson, Louisiana, Moore, Oklahoma and Seattle, Washington, spending 10 or 15 years
in each place.
Their greatest move was to Sydney, Australia after retirement, where they lived for five years before
moving back to Texas.
Jim and Gloria loved to travel and they traveled all over the world and had wonderful experiences.
They traveled to many island countries in the South Pacific, plus Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, most of
the Caribbean islands and many states in the USA. Just about the time they finished one trip, Jim and Gloria would start
dreaming about the next one and start making plans.
But most of all, Jim loved his wife, family and his beautiful
grandchildren, on whom he doted. He had a wicked sense of humor, suffered fools gladly, and was avoracious reader. His
wife of 51 years, Gloria, loved him dearly, as did all his family. He will be sorely missed.
A private celebration of
Jim's life will be held on June 29, 2013.
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