James T. Letts, 72 of Spirit Lake and formerly of Cherokee, died Saturday Jan. 13, 2007, at his home in Spirit Lake, following a lengthy illness.
Services were held today, Jan. 17, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand is officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee.
Visitation was Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Military graveside services will be held by the V.F.W., L.A. Wescott Post # 2253. Donations are requested for the Lakes Regional Hospice Care in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be sent to "www.greenwoodfuneral.com."
He was born Nov. 26, 1934 in Camden, N.J. to Harry and Mary (Nelms) Letts. He attended school in Newport News, Va. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1952, serving from 1952-1954. Following his military service he married Kathleen Peck on Feb. 19, 1955 in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He worked as an electrician in a shipyard in California and later for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., before moving to Cherokee in 1965. He worked for Wilson Foods Inc., in Cherokee for many years, retiring in 1997. They moved to their home in Spirit Lake in 1997. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, boating, and driving his pickup truck and riding his bike.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Barb Cooper, and her husband, Don, of Cherokee; Deborah Morrow, and her husband, Ike, of Larrabee; brother, Harry Letts, Jr., and his wife, Sharon, of O'Fallon, Ill.; sisters, Carol Fallin, and her husband, Warren, of Summerfield, Florida; Raymond, and his wife Karen Staton, of Williamsburg, Va.; Pat Mesic, and her husband, Buster, of Newport News, Va.; Marie Privette, and her husband, Steve, of Newport News, Va.; Nancy Thomas, and her husband, Steve, of Newport News, Va.; Marylou Hudson, and her husband, Garland, of Orange Park, Fla.; a granddaughter, Amy Tilton, and her husband, Chuck, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother (Arthur Letts.)