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James John Loutsch

November 8, 1933 — May 18, 2020

James J. Loutsch, 86 years old, of Akron, IA passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.

Graveside service, following COVID-19 restrictions will be 2p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA, with Father William McCarthy officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 3328 and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen.  Service’s have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to

James was born Nov. 8, 1933 in Remsen, IA, to Michael & Clara (Pletschette) Loutsch.  He was raised and educated in the Remsen and Oyens area.  He then entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 12, 1955 and served until Aug. 21, 1957 when he was honorably discharged. 

On April 18, 1976 he married Joyce Schilling at Elk Point, SD.  The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids where he worked at Quaker Oats until 1993.  They then moved to the Akron area where they farmed until recently.  James loved to work. 

Survivors include his wife Joyce of Akron; his children, Steve (Shirley) Loutsch, Diane Connelly, Frank (Terry) Loutsch, Nancy McKinley (Tim Shakespeare); six grandchildren; his siblings, Mary Marsh of LeMars, IA, Carol Schmitz of Sioux City, IA, Marvin (Joan) Loutsch of LeMars, IA, Marlene (LeRoy) Pinney of Sioux City, IA; one sister-in-law, Dolores Vannatta of Cherokee, IA; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Preceded by his parents, one son, Daniel Loutsch, his brothers, Arnold & Nick Loutsch, his sister, Elaine in infancy, one brother-in-law, Robert Vannatta.
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