James D. Stanton IV, 78, of Seymour, passed away at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.
Born Oct. 9, 1936, in Keokuk, Iowa, he was the son of James D. and Dorothy Swenson Stanton, both of whom preceded him in death. On Aug. 16, 1959, he married Caroline Lyon, and she survives.
James was a member of Seymour Christian Church. He graduated from Keokuk Senior High School in Keokuk, Iowa, and the University of Iowa and attended Simpson College. He was a longtime member of the Jaycees in Keokuk, Iowa, and spent 65 years serving as troop leader and a member of the Sagamore and Puckeshetuck executive councils of the Boy Scouts of America. He most recently helped start a Boy Scout troop in Crothersville.
He loved helping others by volunteering at food pantries. He was an avid bird watcher and would often count American bald eagles at their winter resting grounds in Keokuk, Iowa. He also enjoyed taking photos of wildlife and his grandchildren. In his spare time, he carved wood. He was a wonderful storyteller and was happiest when surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include his children, Kimberly (Michael) Kraus, Kevin (Patricia) Stanton and Kelly (Harold) Mason; eight grandchildren, Aleia (Jon) Bostrom, Michelle (Ryan) Marciciak, Nicole (Ben) Spencer, Michael Kraus, Laura (Trevor) Fehler, Travis (Megan) Mason, Chad (Morgan) Mason and Daniel Mason; 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alicia Day and Jonna Kimmell.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Jo Stanton; a brother, William Stanton; and a sister, Arlethia Stanton.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DeJong Greaves Celebration of Life Center, 917 Blondeau St., Keokuk, Iowa. Burial will follow at Vincennes Cemetery in Vincennes, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Voss & Sons Funeral Service & TriCounty Crematory in Seymour and from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at DeJong Greaves Celebration of Life Center
Memorials may be made to Canvas Teepee Funds of the Cub Scouts of America Crothersville Pack 522 or the Boy Scouts of America Crothersville Troop 522.