James B. Jamison


MENDOTA - James Burwell Jamison, 89, of Mendota passed away Nov. 2, 2020 in his home with his family by his side.

Private services for he and his wife will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Mendota with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Jim was born Dec. 5, 1930 in Clarinda, Iowa to Horace Jay and Ethyl Irene (Burwell) Jamison. He married Betty Bast on Aug. 4, 1957 in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Survivors include one son, Jeff (Sheila) Jamison of Wichita, Kan.; one daughter, Susan (Steve) Furmanski of Gurneee; five grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Erynne, Brooklyn and Stephanie; and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Carly.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 25, 2020; two sisters, Lotta Mae Lewis and Janice Jensen; and one brother, Bud Jamison.

Jim received a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Iowa State University. He was very proud of his career with DelMonte and was also a respected veteran of the U.S. Navy. He took great pleasure in watching the growth of the annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival. Jim “lived for fishing” and his vacations were spent on a boat in Wisconsin with his wife and family. He also enjoyed hunting and golfing. He was no stranger to cooking and was known for his fried fish and homemade anise candy. He was a lifelong member of the Mendota Lions Club and Elks Lodge. He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. Jim and his wife took great pride in supporting numerous charities including Wounded Warriors, veterans’ organizations and many others in support of our country. Jim was a very giving father, grandfather and uncle.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Mendota.

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