James Wesley Primmer, 101, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday May 16, 2019 in Garnett Place. Services: 1:00 p.m. Friday May 24, 2019 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Entombment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Thursday May 23, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Catherine Newhall of Buffalo Methodist Church.
James was born July 20, 1917, in Shellsburg, Iowa, the son of Vera and Clarence Primmer. He married Emma Herdliska on June 3, 1939. James enlisted in the Army on October 27, 1943. He was wounded in combat and partially disable. He received the Purple Heart and was honorable discharged.
Emma and James lived in Victor for a while before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1950. Emma and James had three children; Kim (Mike) Sheperek of Longmont, Colorado, James D (Janet) Primmer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and David (Cheryl) Primmer of Milliken, Colorado. Emma died October 5, 1985. James then married Lois Cerka on April 18, 1988. Lois died in 2011. His stepchildren are Joyce (Jim) Vail of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Jane (Jeff) Dyson of Springfield, Missouri. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 step-grandchild and 3 great step-children.
James did factory work before the war. He was self-employed and then finished up with the Post office. James was an avid reader and loved to travel. He loved his ice crème and Pepsi.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Garnett Place for the loving care they gave to James.
Memorials may be directed to the family.