James Martin Rule was born August 14, 1925, in the farm home in Paradise Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of Herbert and Stella Rule. He passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Heritage Legacy Assisted Living in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of ninety-four.
James received his education in a rural school and Dow City School before attending Manilla High School and graduating with the class of 1944. He served his country in the United States Army with Company 103 Infantry, 411 Regiment during World War II beginning August 18, 1944. James was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in July of 1946 and was awarded a Purple Heart, Occupation Ribbon, EAMET Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.
After returning from the service, he was employed as a laborer in the parts department of the John Deere Company for most of his working career. James was united in marriage to Angela Elonich in July of 1957. He was a member of the VFW Post 2503 of Omaha, Nebraska and a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Puzzles and collecting John Deere memorabilia were his favorite pastimes.
James was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Doris in infancy and Alice; and one brother, Gerald. Survivors include: one daughter, Debra and her husband, Mike; one granddaughter, Michelle and her husband, Seth; one grandson, Chris; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Ronald; two sisters, Mary, and Jane; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed.