James "Popo" Eugene Ayres
Jim, 66, passed away June 18, 2013 at the VA Medical Center. Funeral services with military honors will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 21 at Brooks Funeral Care, 7975 University Blvd. in Clive. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Jim served in the US Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and camping and will be remembered for his strong will. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved his family, especially his grandchildren and dogs. Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his daughter, April (David) Lafary; grandchildren, Teri (Randy) Watkins, Desirae (Nathan) Gronstal, Joshua Ayres, David Sanchez and Tamera Sanchez; great-grandchildren, Jayson Gronstal, Gracie Watkins, Steven Watkins and David Sanchez, Jr.; siblings, Frank Ayres, Linda Lee, Ken Ayres, Paul Tillie and Chuck Ayres as well as his two dogs, Peggy Sue and Mister. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kirsten Ayres; granddaughter, Cory Rae; mother, Ruth Ayres and siblings, Vern Ayres, Sam Ayres and John Ayres.
Published in Des Moines Register on June 20, 2013