James Alfred Hollowell, son of Alfred and Birdie (Schlarbaum) Hollowell, was born on November 23, 1928 at Hartley, IA. He spent his youth in the Hartley area, attending the local country school.
On September 18, 1949, James was united in marriage to Geraldine LaVonne Hagedorn at Hartley. They began their married life together on a farm south of Hartley where they were involved with row crops and raising cattle. Three children were born to this union: Lisa, Kelly and Kirby. In 1979, James and Geraldine relocated to the Lake Okoboji area, but continued with their farming operation at Hartley until 2012, when they moved to an assisted living facility.
While agriculture remained his first interest, James enjoyed traveling, flying and woodworking. In the summer and fall months, after the crops were taken care of, he would manage to find time for some hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Shriners and the Methodist Church. On Saturday, July 15, 2017, James passed from this life at the age of 88.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Alfred and Birdie Hollowell; his sister, Lois; mother and father-in-law; brothers-in-law: Gaylord Taylor and John Madden; one sister-in-law, Verdeen Hagedorn.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Geraldine Hollowell; children: Lisa Clipperton of San Antonio, TX, Kelly Hollowell of Hartley, IA, and Kirby (Marcy) Hollowell also of Hartley, IA; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Robert (Dell) Hagedorn; sisters-in-law: Joan Taylor and Shirley (Fred) Sorenson; other relatives and friends.