Rodney David James (March 30, 1941 — March 2, 2017)
Rodney David James passed away March 2nd at the Veterans Center in Grand Junction after a year-long battle with cancer and other health issues.
Rodney was born in Glenwood Springs on March 30th, 1941, to former Garfield County Commissioner Freeman S. James and Merlene Smith James of Carbondale.
Rod joined the Marines after attending Roaring Fork High School and is a life member of The American Legion Post #100 in Carbondale. After his time in the service Rod worked in the oil field before getting into the sheet rock business. He owned his own drywall company in Denver, from which he retired 10 years ago and moved back to the valley. He lived for his family. Being “Papa Claw” was his greatest joy. Rod is survived by his sister Janet Patterson (Don) of Loveland and brother Randy of Arizona, Daughter Lori “Nikki” James Brown of Rifle and son Ryan James of San Diego, Grandchildren Brie Valentine, Ali (Josiah) Prunty, and Adam Robinson, all of Rifle, and Katrina Hovenga of Truman, MN, 10 great-grandchildren, and lifetime friend Adam Zamora of California. He was proceeded in death by both his parents and his first wife, Suzie Baker.
A funeral will take place Thursday, March 16th, at 1pm at the Veteran Cemetery in Grand Junction. A memorial service will take place in Carbondale later this spring.
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