James "JD" Daggett
October 7, 1943 - August 29, 2023
James "JD" Daggett, a beloved member of the Knoxville community, passed away on August 29, 2023, at the Comfort House in Pella, Iowa. He was born on October 7, 1943, in Grundy Center, Iowa, the son of Harlan and Nancy Daggett.
A celebration of James's life will be held on September 5, 2023, at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Knoxville. The event will take place from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, providing an opportunity for friends and loved ones to reminisce about the cherished moments spent with James. A graveside service with military honors will take place on September 6, 2023, at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville at 10:00 AM.
James's education began in Avon, Iowa. He later attended school at Melcher-Dallas High School, where he graduated in 1963. He cherished the memories and friendships formed during those years and remained connected with fellow alumni throughout his life.
James was united in marriage to Martha Hill on August 3, 1969. They were blessed with two children, Bradley and Becky.
James dedicated 34 years of his life working as a heavy equipment operator at the V.A. Hospital in Knoxville. His commitment to his job and his passion for helping others were evident throughout his career.
During his time in the United States Navy, James proudly served his country and made lifelong friends along the way. His military service played a significant role in shaping his values of patriotism and loyalty.
Outside of work and military service, James led a fulfilling life filled with hobbies and interests that brought him joy. He had a deep appreciation for nature and enjoyed camping trips surrounded by loved ones. His adventurous spirit also led him on chartered bus tours to explore new places. As an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, James could often be found cheering on his favorite team with enthusiasm. One of James's favorite pastimes was taking care of his yard and flowers.
James had a close bond with his family and friends, who were an integral part of his life's journey. He leaves behind cherished memories for those closest to him to hold dear. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Daggett; son Bradley Michael Daggett; daughter Becky Christine (Arkema) Finken and her husband, Jeff; two grandchildren, Benjamin Arkema and Dylan Daggett; as well as his siblings, Bill (Melissa) Daggett and Harlan (Connie) Daggett. James was predeceased by four siblings: Henry, Harris, and Harlan Jr. Daggett, and Betty Putz.
The loss of James leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. His warm smile, kind heart, and unwavering support will be deeply missed. James had a way of making everyone feel valued and important—a true testament to the outstanding person he was. He fought a difficult fight with his lung cancer, never giving up clear to the end.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the KHC Infusion Unit in memory of James. James "JD" Daggett. He touched the lives of many through his kindness, work ethic, and genuine compassion for others. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. May he rest in peace knowing the immense impact he had on those around him.