James "Jim" DeCosta

August 25, 1956April 11, 2019

James “Jim” DeCosta, 62, of Davenport, Iowa passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

A visitation will be held at the Runge Mortuary on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the River Music Experience in memory of Jim. A celebration of life will immediately follow Tuesday’s visitation at the Circle Tap, 1345 West Locust Street Davenport, Iowa. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jim was born on August 25, 1956 in Portland, Maine to William and Dorothy (Coyne) DeCosta. After high school graduation, Jim joined the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge he moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1980 he visited his dad in Davenport, Iowa and decided to call it home. This is also where he met and married his wife of 21 years, Nancy. Jim was a well-known musician, playing with bands such as Phat Head Deluxe, Just Cuz and Hap-Hazard. After 37 years with the City of Davenport working as a mechanic at the WWTP, he retired in July, 2018. Jim was a lifelong member of the Teamsters Union, including 20 years as a head steward.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy; sisters, Elizabeth (Kim) Housewright, Joan DeCosta and Amy (Steve) LaChance; his fur babies, Nashville and Nelly; and many friends that became family.

Please, in Jim’s honor, have a Budweiser and drink to life well lived.


  • William DeCosta, Father
  • Dorothy (Coyne) DeCosta, Mother
  • Nancy (Knorr) DeCosta, Wife
  • Elizabeth (Kim) Housewright, Sister
  • Joan DeCosta, Sister
  • Amy (Steve) LaChance, Sister
  • Also left to cherish his memory are his fur babies, Nashville and Nelly; and many friends that became family.

  • The River Music Experience


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019

James "Jim" DeCosta

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Jeff Holle

April 16, 2019

Jim you will be missed
Jim was great co-worker and had great ability as a mediator to calm things down if they got out of hand

Trisha (Trefz) Nazarenus

April 13, 2019

It was with deep sadness I received a call from from sister Amy last night of Pups passing! She loved him so much! I loved hearing all of the great stories of them growing up! He was such a kind, fun man! RIP 💙

Denise Barr-Leoff

April 13, 2019

Nancy, Words cannot express the sorrow I am feeling for you right now. I was shocked to see that your sweet husband has passed. I did not know Jim that well, but I know he was a wonderful man and husband to you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rick and I are still in AZ until the end of the month so I will not be able to come to his memorial services. Take care my friend. ❤️ Love, Denise

Susan & Kevin, Ryan Spence

April 13, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the DeCosta family.....we know your sister Joan
Soo sorry Joan.....🌷🌷🌷

Sending Hugs 💗 and Prayers🙏🙏🙏

Mark & Kathe Arnould

April 12, 2019

We knew the night in 1988 that Jim played boogie-woogie piano in our living room after one of Mark's gigs that we had found a true kindred soul. RIP. 😎

Dana DeCosta

April 12, 2019

Lord Jim. What can I say. We will never forget the time your mother caught us in the boat without life jackets on, or the times we walked to Kings Department Store, or how about the time, after the fire I went to Catholic School together with you. Us in our blue dress shirts and black pants. How many hours did we play soldiers or pirates on Pat's porch. "Let's walk down to Handy Boat and buy a bag of chips and a coke for .25 cents and have a picnic on Pat's porch!" Of course if we were to run away from home we would need a suitcase with 2 clean shirts and 27 peanut butter sandwiches. Handy Boat is where Marcus and I taught you all how to drink pickle-backs after your father passed. It is always best to try and bring some joy and smiles in difficult times. I can hear you playing the piano now. I remember watching golf at your house on Thanksgiving because we couldn't watch football. Remember our cowboy hats, my gun and holster and your rifle in Texas? So many memories. As we fast forward to you as a man I see the sparkle in Nancy's eyes as she looked at you. How much joy that brought to us all. As I said to our families when my dad passed it is the brightest stars that burn the quickest. Your bright star will burn in me forever, and Nancy will be forever a part of our family. Thank you for the time we shared, your cousin, Dana

Cindy Heisdorffer

April 12, 2019

I'm so glad to have had the chance to get to know Jim. What a wonderful person and musician. Nancy, you have my most sincere condolences.

Dale Attwood

April 12, 2019

Jim and I played together in PhD...we had a great time with Chris, Woody and Chuck. ..a great group of guys. Jim was one the easiest going people I knew. .took it as it came. A great player, a great person. He will be dearly missed.

Susan DeCosta Guiffrida

April 12, 2019

Many wonderful memories of times spent with Jim and his sisters, my cousins, at Madocawando Landing in Falmouth, Maine. Watching the "Wizzard of Oz" every year together; playing togehter on Thanksgiving every year. We grew up together. Jim will be missed by his DeCosta cousins. Love and payers to you, Nancy .

Kevin Klein

April 12, 2019

Jim was an easy guy to make friends with. Met him through fellow musicians. Had some good times with him and Nancy. He really enjoyed his music. He will be missed