James ‘Jake’ Pettit

June 20, 1938 – May 14, 2020


A memorial service for James “Jake” Pettit, 81 of Lone Rock, will be Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m., at the Lone Rock Shelter House with Pastor Donna Steven officiating. Military honors will be conducted. His family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until time of service at the Shelter House. If there is inclement weather, the service will be held at the Lone Rock American Legion.

James “Jake” or “Jim” Woodrow Pettit, the son of Woodrow “Puggy” and Margaret “Bett” Pettit, was born June 20, 1938, in Lone Rock. Jake attended Lone Rock school, graduating in 1956. He was never married.

Following graduation, he worked building elevators, driving truck, and did road construction. On Oct. 17, 1961, he was drafted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged on Oct. 16, 1963. He then returned to the Lone Rock area and worked in road construction again. He moved to Sioux City and worked for Delbert Ulrich and his son Larry building houses. He proudly built most of the main floor of Wayne, Peggy and Barry’s house including drawing the blueprints for the kitchen cabinets and designing and building the gazebo. When his mom became ill with cancer, Jake, along with his brothers Beeler and Roscoe, quit work to care for the last three months of her life. His last job prior to retirement was working at A.I. Processors in Whittemore, a job he took following his dad’s stroke which allowed him to help care for his father also.

Jake loved to play the horses and the dogs and gamble! He also loved playing cards and most of all visiting with anyone. There was never a place he would go that he didn’t know someone.

James W. Pettit suffered a massive heart attack on April 18, 2020, and passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. He was 81.

He is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Argile “Beeler” Pettit of Palmer, Alaska, Bernard “Butch” Pettit and his wife Margie of Goodyear, Ariz., Gail “Susie” Person and her husband John of Lone Rock, Peggy Preston of Fenton, and Richard “Roscoe” Pettit of Lone Rock; and many nieces, nephews, and many other family members and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Wayne Preston; and two nephews, Barry Preston and Donald Pettit.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217






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