Jim Mayes

December 24, 1936November 28, 2019

James J. Mayes, age 82, of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away on Thursday November 28, 2019. He was born December 24, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Paul and Ella Mayes. James retired from Sealy Mattress Company in 2000 and afterwards worked two part time jobs; Willis Auto, and Glen Oaks Country Club. Jim and wife Elaine are members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines, Iowa and Jim was also a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a beloved husband, father and friend and will be missed by many.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 59 years, Elaine; son, Greg (Patti) Mayes of Wisconsin and his children, Grace and Lindsey; son, Bob (Jody) Mayes of Iowa and their children, Cody, Casey, and Addi; son, Mike Mayes of Michigan; and daughter, Susan (Richard) Drury of Illinois and their children, Blake, Natalie, and Connor, Sister-in-Law, Jane (Tom) Callaghan and their children, Kim, Tommy, David and Robert. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans, 210 Walnut Street, #566, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Mayes family.


13 December

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

7075 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, Iowa

13 December


12:30 pm

Iowa Veterans Cemetery

34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel (Van Meter), Iowa 50003


Jim Mayes

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December 11, 2019

Elaine I'm so sad.... my daughter told me today that one of the Ambassadors died. Before she could say who it was... I said please... dont let it be Jim. I was shocked... I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim was such a wonderful man and I know he's a wonderful father, a man who we all loved. He was such a good friend and so kind to me. I enjoyed every time he would stop and see me. He would always make me smile when I seen him. I will pray for you... and your family.... I'm so sorry for your loss.... I will miss seeing him. My deepest sympathy to you... My love goes out to you.....😙

Ruth Veamoi

December 10, 2019

Aunt Elaine and family l am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember how special you made me feel as junior bridesmaid at your wedding.

Aliegha Crowder

December 9, 2019

I am Jim’s hairstylist at Sportclips . When I found out he passed away I was super sad and still am ! He always brightened up my day when he came in and we would always have the best conversations . The last time I cut his hair was in October , I never thought that would be the last . Rest In Paradise Jim !

Ray Cron

December 9, 2019

Fond memories working with Jim, always had a smile on his face and a friendly word.

Terri Monaco

December 9, 2019

I worked with Jim at Willis and always looked forward to his quick wit and humor. You just coudn't slow him down and he was greatly missed when he retired. He occasionally stopped by to say 'hi' and share another laugh and I always looked forward to seeing him. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Michael Maye

December 9, 2019

I will miss you dearly Dad! You were a great father and i always wanted to be more like you. With a sad heart,but great memories of you that will never fade,with in peace.