James J. Lichter

April 29, 1939 – August 2, 2020


A private family graveside service will be Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Calvary Cemetery for James Lichter.

James Joseph Lichter was born April 29, 1939, in Kossuth County, son of Joseph and Marie (Gisch) Lichter. Jim graduated from St. Cecelia’s Academy. While in high school, he built a Ham radio system and communicated with many people in the United States and other countries with the same interest.

Following high school he attended Loras Collage in Dubuque and studied for the priesthood. He then attended Fordham University in New York City. Jim was one of 17 in the nation to be accepted at Fordham University that year. Next, he attended Duke University in Durham, N.C., and studied to obtain his Doctorate Degree in physics. While still attending Duke University, he worked at Navel Ordinance Laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland. Jim wrote his thesis and received his doctorate in physics from Duke University.

Jim worked at Vandenberg A.F.B. in Lompoc, Calif., for 10 years before moving to Sacramento, Calif., to work in economics for California’s government until retirement. When Jim decided to apply for the government position in Sacramento, he decided to obtain his Master’s Degree in economics. He also achieved his master’s in science, math, English and physics.

Jim became interested in airplanes at a young age. As an adult  he decided to pursue his pilot’s license. That became a reality and was an activity he really enjoyed. He also enjoyed photography, traveling, meeting new people and always enjoyed good food. His Catholic faith was important to Jim. 

Jim died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Keokuk. He was 81.

He is survived by his siblings, Judy Wibben of Riverdale, Utah; Dennis (Judith) Lichter of Algona; Liz (Chuck) Becker of St. Joseph; Phyllis Naylor of Alliance, Ohio; Beverly Groh of Owatonna, Minn.; Mary Jo Lichter of Riverdale, Utah; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Joseph G. Lichter and Marie C. (Gisch) Lichter; brother, Robert Lichter; and brother-in-law, Col. Dwight E. Naylor.

The scientist’s “Black and White” world is now “White” as Jim flies with the Angels in the Clouds. Online condolences may be left 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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