James Joseph Marconi

Sept. 10, 2022

On July 2, 1937, James Joseph Marconi was the first-generation Italian American born at home, to Mary Toigo and James Marconi, in Pershing, Iowa. Growing up in a small coal mining town, taught him that true wealth came from strong family values, hard work and a kind heart. A teenage act of chivalry gained him the nickname of “Boney” to his family and friends.

A long-term member of the Moose Lodge # 923, earning the Moose Legion degree of service, before going on to earn his Pilgrim degree which is the highest honor. Highly instrumental in organizing events for the children and adults of Progress Industries, such as dances, holiday parties, etc. at the Moose Lodge. He was a dedicated volunteer to Outdoors without Boundaries. An avid hunter in his younger years, however his true passion was fishing. One could always count on him to have a story or joke to share. (Oh how, those fish grew with each story.)

A few years after graduation from Attica High School he joined the Army. While stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, as a mechanic, he met and married Carol Hoppe. Following their return to Knoxville, Iowa James and Carol were blessed with three wonderful daughters: Pamela, Dolores & Leila. James sold insurance in the surrounding areas of Ottumwa and Oskaloosa. Later he moved his family to Newton Iowa to become the owner of Henry’s restaurant for several years. His sheer determination and inner strength allowed him to retire from Manatt’s Inc. a year after being severely injured on the job.

November 7, 1985, James sung his way into the heart of Elizabeth Pelock, his devoted spouse of 33 years. (Who is currently saving his favorite machine at the casino) Their love united their children: Pamela, Dolores, and Leila Marconi, Sherrie Brommel, Suzanne Harmony, and Jeff Pelock. “Papa’s” Italian lullabies brought smiles and giggles to his grandchildren: Jimmy and Hailey Crabtree, Mandalynn Wiese, Jessica Parker, Olivia Pelock, Sean and Patrick Harmony.

He is survived by sisters and brother in laws: Eldred and David McKinney, Anita Ann and Nathan Nash, and many nieces and nephews.

Under moonlight, September 10, 2022, James “Boney” Marconi collected his fishing pole, net and bait, climbed on a rickey old lawnmower, drove to the water’s edge and cast a line into Heaven’s waters. Those greeting him at the gates: spouse Elizabeth Pelock, parents James and Mary Marconi, brother Tony “Black” Marconi, sister Monica “Sis” Lee, his boogying dance partner daughter Pamela Marconi, and first love Carol.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Pence Reese Funeral Home in Newton. The family will greet friend from 10:00 am until service time on Saturday. Memorials may be designated to Suncrest Hospice or the Newton Moose Lodge #923 and may be left at the Pence Reese Funeral Home.