James “Jim” Marlow, of Charles City, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer.
A funeral service for Jim Marlow will be held at 10: 30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City with Pastor Russ Leeper officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Memory Gardens in rural Charles City.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023, at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.
James Ronald Marlow, the son of Lawrence and Reva (Estel) Marlow, was born September 2, 1949, in Tama, Iowa. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1967 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island. In 1968 he was sent to Vietnam. His job was with Motor Transport hauling supplies to help the troops. His main job was to deliver military weapons/ammunition to different areas where they were fighting. After almost completing two tours in Vietnam Jim was injured. Jim was honorably discharged in 1971 and received his Purple Heart.
On July 14, 1973, Jim was united in marriage to Connie Thoe of Charles City. Over the years he worked at different jobs always keeping busy. Jim and Connie operated their business, Southend Maintenance, doing lawn care and snow removal for a few years. Together they managed the Charles Theater in Charles City, enjoying the time of serving the many people who came to see a good movie. Roy and Virginia Tietz were due to retire and pass on the new management to Jim. He loved playing golf and having coffee with his many friends.
Jim was very active with the Marine Corps League. He joined the North Iowa Detachment #859 in 2004 and became a life member in 2012. Shortly after joining the Marine Corps League, Jim was elected as Sargent of Arms of Detachment #859. He was re-elected to this position many times. Jim became involved in the Marine Corps League at the state level. He was elected as Sargent of Arms for the Department of Iowa by 2012 and advanced to be elected State Commander in 2020. Jim held this position for two years. He was active with Toys for Tots for over 20 years and established contacts with Charles City businesses to collect toys and monetary donations from the community. He helped register and distribute toys to Floyd County families first held at the Charles City Armory in 2006. Jim put in many hours over the years as the program grew to serve more families and was even consolidated with Mason City. He continued collecting Charles City’s donations and registering area families. His goal was to make the holiday season merry for struggling households. As part of his duties as a State Officer, he attended several Midwest Division Conferences.
Jim began his initiation in the Military order of the Devil Dogs group of Marines who get together to collect money for needy children and hospitals. He attended National Conventions in Springfield, Illinois in 2021 and Daytona Beach, Florida in 2022 as a voting member of the League.
Living family members include his wife, Connie Marlow of Charles City; two sisters: Marge Benson of Eldora and Jean Conrad of Clear Lake; brother, George Marlow; and step-mother, Shirley Marlow; along with many nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Larry Marlow and Reva Unger; two sisters, Ann (Jerry) Dirks and Maureen Leake; along with other family members.
Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at www.hauserfh.com.