A memorial mass celebrating the life of James Eugene DeLashmutt will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to mass. Private inurnment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Mr. DeLashmutt passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Jim was born August 31, 1930 in Burlington, Iowa, son of Harry J. and Marcella Maxine (McDonald) DeLashmutt. He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Swanson, June 23, 1949. Gloria preceded Jim in death July 1, 2018.
Jim was a General Motors man all his life, working at dealerships in Iowa and Illinois over 40 years, including his own in Keokuk. He “retired” to buy cars at auction for dealers and deliver cars throughout the Midwest and beyond. Jim was a conversationalist with a quick sense of humor, many signature phrases and an impressive vocabulary of polysyllabic and rare words. He enjoyed golf, reading, and travel. But his greatest love, his “tomato,” was Gloria. Together they created a family who love to share meals, play cards and games, and laugh until the wee hours. Jim was a devout Catholic, and he and Gloria were active members of Holy Family Church.
Those left to honor Jim’s memory include children: Steve DeLashmutt of Galesburg, Illinois, Cyndy (Mike) Luukkonen of Cedar Rapids, Beth DeLashmutt-Poore of Roseville, California, Jill (John) Bouslog of Urbandale, Amy (Todd) Kersten of Davenport, and Patrick (Sandra Corlett) DeLashmutt of Aledo, Texas; 17 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren,10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, Gloria, brothers Ed and Charlie DeLashmutt, and daughter-in-law Linda DeLashmutt.