In memory of

James Albright

July 25, 1931 - October 9, 2020
From: Lytton, IA
James  Albright

James Albright

Born: July 25, 1931
Died: October 9, 2020
Age: 89
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   Jim Albright, age 89 of Lytton, IA, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Accura HealthCare of Carroll in Carroll, IA.
   James Irvan Albright was born on July 25, 1931, to parents Wayne and Hazel (Gibson) Albright in Kingwood, WV. He grew up there and graduated from Kingwood West Virginia High School in 1949. From there he furthered his education at West Virginia University for two years and then transferred to Iowa State University where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. Jim graduated in 1953 with a bachelor degree in Dairy Husbandry. 
   On June 13, 1953, Jim married Jo Ann Denise from Lytton, IA. He worked as an extension agent in Montgomery County, Maryland for three years and while living there they had two children, Alan and Jan.
   In 1957, Jim and Jo Ann moved their family to the Denise farm in Lytton where he farmed in partnership with his father-in-law, Ted Denise, until Ted retired in 1968. Jim grew the farming operation with the addition of a cattle feeding and hog operation as well as land purchases.
   Jim’s grandpa and grandma Gibson raised him as his mother, Hazel, passed away during the birth of his sister, and his father worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. Throughout his life, Jim never forgot where he came from. He was a descendent of the founder of the town of Albright, WV, and was very proud of his state and heritage. Many of the cattle fed on the Albright farm over the years came from the hills surrounding Albright, WV.
   Jim was an avid golfer and was a big supporter of Iowa State University. He was an original donor to the new ISU football stadium in 1973 and a season ticket holder for over fifty years.
   Jim was also a big promoter of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The years of hard work on the farm took a toll on his body. He had two hip replacements, two shoulder replacements, as well as a few back surgeries all at Mayo. He had always planned to have his body donated to the Mayo Clinic Bequest program which gives students there the opportunity to learn. He was in fact accepted by the program and was able to receive his wish. He was such a giving man in so many ways, and this just confirms that.
   Jim’s family and friends meant the world to him. Nothing meant more than getting to spend time with them. He was such a social human being. It must be mentioned that he was very proud of his thirty-five-year pin with AA. He was a loyal member and supporter.
   When he finally decided to retire in 1991, he and Jo Ann started spending their winters in Fort Myers, FL. They enjoyed getting away from the cold Iowa winters. Jim’s last stay in Fort Myers was in 2019 before deciding to reside in an assisted living community back in Iowa.
   Jim leaves behind for his family and friends the legacy of a strong, hardworking, committed, loving man who set a great example of all that life has to offer. 
“Country roads....take me the place.....I belong....West Virginia....mountain mama, take me roads”
   Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his children, James Alan (Lisa) Albright of Lytton, IA, and Jan (Pat) Monahan of Spirit Lake, IA; grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Ben (Susan) Albright, Aiden, Myla and Teddy; Nick (Krista) Albright, Elin, Cannon and Toryn;  Sarah (Mike) Kinney, Emma, Wyatt and Molli; and Brandon (Brittney) Burk, Jack and Brooke; special friend Barbara Graven of Fort Myers, FL; sister Sue (Jay) Shillito; Aunt Lou (Gibson) Casseday; half-sisters Peach (Lee) Hoover, Muriel (Arlyn) Perkey, Gail Lynn Hartley, Nola Englehart, and Brenda (John) Wilkens; many extended family members and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Albright; parents Wayne and Hazel Albright; stepmother Lucille Albright; grandsons Andy Albright and Isaiah Burk.
3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday
May 8, 2021

Sac Country Club
Sac City, Iowa
At A Later Date
Cedar Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 4:23 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to the entire Albright family. Jim's story was an interesting one that included many outstanding contributions to others. I know you are all extremely proud of him. May God comfort you in this time. ”
- Richard H Koester
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:57 PM
“Sorry for your loss ”
- Bill Horan
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:57 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I sure enjoyed when he visited my dad(Lee Dickman) at Parkview Manor in Sac. He was always upbeat and talkative. He and Joann were good friends with my parents. I was so impressed reading his obituary. Remember the good times. May he rest in peace. ”
- Kathy Lohf
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“Alan and Lisa-saw this online and would like to say Vern and Mary are so sorry for your loss. Are thoughts and prayers are with your family. Vern and Mary Bruening ”
- Vern and Mary Bruening
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:54 PM
“I'm going to just say it, I loved this man. Jim, please know that I am grateful for the friendship we built and the courtesies you extended to me and my wife. We will be forever grateful to you for your loving spirit and interest in Iowa State's success. Thanks for believing in me and the work of YOUR alumni association. Rest, friend.
- Jeffery Wayne Johnson
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Jan & family,
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. My all the great memories you shared with him help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏”
- Susan Reynolds
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Our deepest sympathy goes to your family. Jim was an awesome friend. He was a generous, caring man with a great since of humor. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten in our hearts.”
- Ralph, Mike Kercheval and family
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Condolences from the congregation of Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers, FL. Jim will be remembered as a friend to many and will be missed by all.”
- Gateway Trinity Lutheran Church
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“I met Jim a year ago, sorry to hear of his passing, we had few phone conversations as time went on. He lived a very interesting life, a very hard working man who loved his family. Jim, Rest In Peace. May God's Grace be with Jim's family. ”
- Walter Whitecotton
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Alan, Jan and families: I am so sorry for your loss. I hope your memories of your loved one will comfort and sustain you through the days ahead. You have my sincere condolences.”
- Janet (Miller) Wiersma
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Our condolences to the Albright family on the passing of your dad! He was a good neighbor and friend at the Villa’s of Gateway Greens!
- Anne & Ted Soter
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Jim has now joined his beloved Jo Ann...both were " bright spots " in our Villa community and Gateway Golf and Country Club. Jim's wonderful sense of humor was enjoyed by many.....especially during our Monday afternoon Euchre card games. Rest in peace..”
- Tom & Karin Jones
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“So sorry for your loss, prayers and thoughts to all the Albright family ”
- Marsha and Rob Bornhorst
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“We have so many fond memories of our visits to Iowa. He was always a wonderful host and loved everyone. Our sympathies for the loss of a such a dedicated Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa. ”
- Page and Debbie Kahler
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Albright Family. Jim was a great man & will be missed by many.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Alan & Lisa & family Deepest Sympathy in the loss of Jim . I so enjoyed getting to know him at the Sac Country Club !”
- Sharan Williams
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“.Sorry to hear about the passing of Jim. He was a class guy, ”
- Clint Van Kley
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Our condolences to the family. We enjoyed our times with him and Joanne in Florida.....”
- Chris Schrank
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Cousin Jim was a dear relative for whom we had great respect. He worked very hard loved his family. We will always remember him as kind and generous. Wonderful family.”
- Connie and Peter Badour and family
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 9:03 AM
“Jan and family- So glad to have had the wonderful friendship with your family and that you modeled the importance of relationships- I will treasure forever Jan's coaching and guidance as our family walks this path of honoring our parents- May God's Perfect Peace care for your every need. Carol and Brent-”
- Carol H Ehlers
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 4:24 PM
“My heart felt condolences to Jim's Family. He was a dear friend of 25 years and we will all miss him.”
- Charles Downey
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 11:42 AM
“Deepest sympathy for your loss of Jim. What a great guy, cousin, community contributor, and blessing he was. We will all miss him greatly. RIP Jim!”
- Terry Schneider
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