James A. Abels, 74, of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Grundy Center, Iowa, passed away on Sept. 16, 2020.
James was born on Aug. 25, 1946, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Jacob and Leola (Miller) Abels. Following graduation from Grundy Center High School, Jim continued his education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Jim spent 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a major after having been stationed in Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Germany and Vietnam. In the Vietnam War he flew the O-2 as a forward air controller. He also was an F-4 pilot and flight instructor at the United States Air Force Academy.
In retirement, Jim spent his time writing and publishing unique political satire and doing deep research of current world events.
Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his brother, J. and wife Dianne Abels; nephews, Stephen (Joy) Abels, Douglas (Karen) Abels and Jonathon (Lisa) Abels; niece, Elizabeth (James) Williams; 12 great nephews and nieces; and many friends, including Nick and Marilyn Haren and their daughters.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Leola Abels.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the sender’s choice.
God bless the family and all those who mourn.
Engelkes Funeral Home of Grundy Center, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.