Rose Valerya Rittgers was born Feb. 8, 1940 the daughter of Robert and Florence (Strzelecki) Rittgers in Chicago. She graduated from Minburn High School in the class of 1957. On Jan. 19, 1958 she married the love of her life Richard M. James in rural Perry, Iowa.

Rose spent nearly her whole life in the Perry and Minburn area. She was a devoted wife, homemaker and mother. She loved camping with her family from the days of tents, cots and sleeping bags to traveling with Richard in their motor home. As a family they looked forward to camping at the Iowa State Fair, in earlier years. Grandkids were a special part of her life and she loved spending time with them. Rose was a member of the Washington Chapel Church of Christ in rural Perry.

Survivors include her three sons Randy James of West Des Moines, Iowa, Tim (Donna) James of Perry, Iowa, Mark (Tammy) James of Minburn, Iowa; six grandchildren Ryan (Maria) James, Scott James, Travis James, Kody Casperson, Danielle James and Casie James; two great grandchildren Jackson and Skyler James and one brother Robert (Penny) Rittgers of DeSoto, Iowa.

Preceding Rose in death were her parents, husband on May 4, 2017 and one brother John Schnier.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at Elmwood Cemetery in Minburn, Iowa. Pastor David Weesner will officiate. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry.

A memorial has been established in Rose’s name and may be left or sent to the funeral home. Rose passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at her home in Minburn at the age of 77.