James R. Mocha

James R. Mocha On August 29, 2014 this Earth became one person shy of the “Good Guys” when Jim Mocha passed away after a hard and courageous battle against cancer. Jim was born to James G. and Erma J. (Townsend) Mocha on July 15, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska. While most of his life he lived in the Honey Creek area, he also lived in Omaha; Colby, Wisconsin and Tucson, Arizona. Jim graduated from Missouri Valley High School in 1967 and in 1969 graduated from the Iowa State University’s accelerated engineering school. As a teenager Jim acquired his private pilot license and went on to fly several solo cross country trip to Texas, Florida and in the Fall of 2013 his final flight to Canada to enjoy fishing walleye with Sandi. For such a quiet guy he had a great sense of adventure about him. James Sr. started Mocha and Sons Construction in 1965, which Jim and his two brothers, Roy and Bob, went on to grow into a successful family business. The Mocha brothers have completed several noteworthy project including multiple Pottawattamie County Bridge and culvert replacements, reconstruction of I-29 in 1993 and demolition of the Missouri Valley High School and the Missile Base and their latest project, with Nephew Nick assisting, the Tamarack. If you ever had a chance to see of some of Jim’s work you knew that he was truly an artist, not in the traditional sense with a paint brush and an easel, but with dirt and dozer – he would work tediously to sculpt the soil and prepared many constructions sites throughout Pottawattamie and Harrison County. Leonard Johnson tells of the time he had a pad prepared for a 100’ long building. After laying the building out, the contractor came up to Leonard and said “who was the contractor that did this dirt work – it was off”, Leonard told him and the contractor said well it was off. It was off ½” in the 100’ distance. Jim had done the grading on that project. In the last 10 years, Jim and his brothers have restored numerous John Deere and Caterpillar antique tractors and dozers, including the very first dozer used by Jim Sr. when starting the business. Jim traveled many a mile to and from Iowa State University with his Mom, friends and on a bus back and forth to Ames on Highway 30. During his several trips to Mayo he liked to travel that same route. On one particular trip he said this reminds me of the CW McCall song “Old 30” and said “I am going to take Old 30 one last time”. There were many simple things that brought great pleasure to Jim’s life in addition to his pride for the Company. He enjoyed the outdoors, the Sunday cookouts with Janice, Hanna and Sandi, being with family and friends, and last but not least, a good bowl of ice cream, which in fact was Jim’s last meal. Jim is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his very special friend, Sandi Papineau; his brothers, Roy and his wife Connie of Honey Creek; Bob and his wife Kay of Missouri Valley; nephews, Nick and his wife Chaz and their two children, James and Abby of Honey Creek; Neal of Missouri Valley; and nieces, Sarah D’Amico and her husband, Justus of Missouri Valley and Danielle Mowery and her husband Tim of Council Bluffs, along with numerous other members of his extended family and friends. While he was called to name by Jim, James, Jimmy, and Uncle Jim, one thing is certain, he will truly be missed by all the people whose lives he touched. The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship after the committal services at the first Lutheran Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa. In Loving Memory Of James R. Mocha Born July 15, 1949 Omaha, Nebraska Entered Into Rest August 29, 2014 Omaha, Nebraska Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa Officiating Pastor Ray Smith Vocalist Music Selection Casket Bearers Final Resting Place Branson Cemetery~ Loveland, Iowa

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