Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


James Edward Cory

January 23, 1939January 11, 2020

James Edward Cory, 80, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at home surrounded by loved ones. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at The Well Covenant Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at The Well Covenant Church with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

James was born on January 23, 1939, in Elkhart, IA to Allen and Pearl (Hennessy) Cory. He graduated from North Polk High School and attended business classes at AIB in Des Moines.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Craun on November 18, 1961 in Elkhart, IA. To this union they had three children, Mark, Craig, and Julie.

He served in the United States Army Reserves for six years and was honorably discharged in 1966. James had a successful career as a Regional Sales Manager for Farwell, Osmund, and Kirk based in St. Paul, MN and followed that success by owning two hardware stores in the Des Moines area. During this time, James purchased a farm that he would tend to with his family. After selling his retail stores, he went on to serve as the Director of the Iowa Retail Hardware Association (IRHA) for eleven years. Upon retirement, he continued his love of farming until his passing.

James will always be remembered by his family and friends as a man of character and integrity. He was an avid lover of the outdoors, but found his greatest joy in being surrounded by his family in work and play.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; son, Mark, his children Michele and Michael; son, Craig (Christy) and their children James and Cole; daughter Julie (Mark) Jorgensen and their children Cory and Kara; his brothers, Bob (Lou Jean) Cory, and Jerry (Sandy) Cory; sister, Helen Burnett. James was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence "Buck", Lewis, and Michael Cory; sisters, Darlene Hamm and Patricia Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Well Covenant Church and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of James.

Online condolences and memories may be shared on James’ page at www.Ankenyfuneralhome.com.


  • Michael Cory , Active Pallbearer
  • James Cory , Active Pallbearer
  • Cole Cory , Active Pallbearer
  • Thom Hamm , Active Pallbearer
  • Ryan Cory , Active Pallbearer
  • David Cory , Active Pallbearer
  • Michele Cory , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tyler Smith , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cory Jorgensen , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kara Jorgensen , Honorary Pallbearer

  • The Well Covenant Church
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


James Edward Cory

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Strother and Nancy Scott

January 13, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Barb and family. She and Jim introduced us and were witnesses at our wedding. Forever dearest friends, Scotty & Nancy


January 13, 2020

I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss of Jim. I thought of him as a true and close friend. Every time I go past the farm I think of you folks. I will miss Jim.
I know he will be greatly missed by family and friends
Sincerely, Max Moore

Michelle Schriever

January 13, 2020

Dear Barb, Julie, Craig, Mark and Families~ You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers, Michelle Fenton Schriever

Carolyn Magnani

January 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to you, Barb and your family. May the love of your family and friends be of comfort.

Ted Prine

January 13, 2020

Barb, I was sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a good man.