Isaac "Ike" Lindsey Morrison Iams, 80, of Amity, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Washington Health System.
He was born April 3, 1933, in Lagonda, a son of E. Morrison and Dorothy Harden Iams. He was raised by his grandfather, Weller Iams, and his aunt, Minnie Iams Maloy, who are deceased.
Mr. Iams attended grade school in Lagonda and was a 1951 graduate of Trinity High School. He entered the U.S. Army
in March 1953 with basic training in Camp Rucker, Ala., and then was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, where he worked in administration.
He worked as a constable for 26 years, an Amwell Township supervisor from 1963 to 2007 and a dairy farmer from 1955 to 1963, during which time he also was a school bus driver.
Mr. Iams loved farming and raised Angus beef cattle since 1963. He enjoyed hunting, farming and his community and, above all, loved his family. He loved driving his 1919 Model T and 1936 Ford in parades and to church on Sundays. He also loved belonging to the Antique Automotive Club of America.
He was a North Ten Mile Baptist Church member, where he served as a trustee and on the board of directors of North Ten Mile Baptist Cemetery Association. For many years, he also belonged to American Legion Post 897 of Glyde before its closure, after which he joined American Legion Post 175 of Washington. He also was a member of Washington County Cattlemen's Association, Odd Fellows 1030, Amity Grange before its closure, Chestnut Ridge Grange and Amwell Township Historical Society and was a lifelong member of Amity and Lone Pine fire departments. He also served as a past president of Ten Mile Valley Little League Baseball Association.
After marrying Ruth Eleanor Hand August 2, 1953, they moved to the family farm, where together they raised their family and shared more than 60 years of marriage.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, William "Bill" and wife Judy Rhodes Iams, James and wife Mary Cooke Iams and Richard Iams; 10 grandchildren, Clint Iams, Charity and husband Todd Richards, Jacob Iams, Contessa and husband Allen Lepley, Joseph Iams, Joshua and wife Kiley Friend Iams, Felecia Iams, Drew and wife Rikki Insana Iams, Rachel Iams and Steven Iams; seven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emily, Jaxon, Lindsey, Joey, Destiny and David; and two sisters, Ruth Koparic and Linda Barger.
Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a son, David Iams; a great-granddaughter, Riley; and four half brothers, Richard, John, Robert, and Harry Baker.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Nichol Funeral Home, 1873 East Maiden Street, Washington. Additional visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Monday, March 24, in North Ten Mile Baptist Church, Amity, where services will be held with the Rev. Gary Schneider officiating. Interment will follow in North Ten Mile Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 175 of Washington.
The family suggests monetary donations be made to North Ten Mile Baptist Church Building Fund, 322 Ridge Church Road, Amity, PA 15311. A guest book may be viewed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com