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James Eldon Worster, Sr

j woster001James Eldon Worster, Sr., of Alexandria, passed away on July 12, 2015, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
James was born on February 17, 1927, in Carthage, Illinois, the son of Hugh and Clara Stepp Worster. On December 11, 1949, he was united in marriage to Rosetta Mortimer in Lima, Illinois. She survives.
James grew up in Warsaw, Illinois, before moving to Alexandria, where he lived for sixty years. James worked at Keokuk Steel Castings for forty-two years, and proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II, and later in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Alexandria Baptist Church, the Moose Lodge, and the American Bowling Association. James enjoyed traveling and camping, especially with his grandchildren. A St. Louis Cardinal fan, James loved playing games with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and also enjoyed cooking.
James is survived by his wife Rosetta of Alexandria; his sons: James Eldon Worster, Jr., of Alexandria; and George (Becky) Worster of Keokuk; his daughters: Arlene (Lonnie) Kinkeade of Keokuk; Judy (Samuel) Wilson of Donnellson; and Peggy (Robert) Conover of Kahoka; his grandchildren: Gene (Lori) Kinkeade of Keokuk; Brian (Megan) Kinkeade of Keokuk; Kristopher Moore of Fort Madison; Daniel (Heather) Moore of Fort Madison; Jennifer (Ryan) Bourgeois of Keokuk; and Ashley (Shad) Worster of Fairfield. Other survivors include numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marie Doyle, his Uncle Leroy Stepp (who was like his brother), and other aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of His Life will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Alexandria Baptist Church in Alexandria, Missouri, with Pastor Randy Ewart officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Keokuk National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 2 to 8 PM, with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 PM, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street.
Memorials may be directed to the Alexandria Baptist Church.
Online tributes and condolences may be entered at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com .
DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers is in charge of arrangements.