James Sankey Obituary

James  Leroy Sankey
James Leroy Sankey

July 20, 1951 - July 30, 2022
Born in Marion, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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James (Jim) Leroy Sankey, 71, of Des Moines and formerly of Swan, Iowa, died at home on Saturday, July 30, 2022. After a viewing by his immediate family, and per his wishes, was cremated.
Jim was born July 20, 1951 in Marion, Iowa, the son of Albert and Sylvia Sankey. He attended South East Polk High School and joined the Army in 1968.
In Jim’s younger years, he made his living as an automobile mechanic and worked in various forms of building construction. He also worked as a plant manager for 18 years at Smart Industries. Jim retired in December of 2021 from Sign 360 as a sign assembler.
Jim had many hobbies, but his favorite pastime was purchasing and restoring salvaged cars.
He is survived by his wife, Carmella Rose Formaro Sankey, his daughters, Shannon Sankey of Knoxville, Jamie (Earl) Alertson of Pleasantville, and his son Billy Sankey of Des Moines; his stepchildren, Billy (Cassie) Formaro of Des Moines, Barbie (Josh) Mogle of Altoona, Kayla (Drew) Brazie of Indianola, and Andrea Morris of Ankeny; as well as 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; his brother, Walter Sankey of Des Moines, and his sister Barbara Boast of Haines City, Florida.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Larry Sankey, and Albert Sankey Jr., and his sister Mary Sankey; his daughter Debby Sobek and his grandson James (JJ) Shepard Jr.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022, beginning at noon at the American Legion, 2211 East 42nd street, Des Moines, Iowa.




Celebration of Life
American Legion
2211 East 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, September 24, 2022
12:00 PM