James was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Pleasanton, Kansas, to Maude (Landon) and Roy Thomas. He was educated through grade school. He was employed in construction, and enjoyed four-wheeling, camping and fishing.
James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roy and Melvin, and sisters Cleo Smith and Annabelle Smith.
He is survived by stepson John Jenson; daughter Paula (Greg) Sandstrom; two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Thompson Funeral Home with a 2 p.m. graveside service at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.