James Malcolm Currie, age 67, died on March 6, 2019 at home in Sac City, due to a pulmonary embolism. Jim was born on January 4, 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa and was soon after adopted by his parents, Robert Austin Currie and Mignon Sharp Currie. The Currie family has been an integral part of the history of Sac County for 145 years. Jim’s great grandfather, John Currie, came to the U.S. from Scotland and settled in Clinton Township in 1874, preceded by only two other settlers in Clinton Township, and Jim’s great-great grandfather and great-great grandmother, Duncan and Mary Currie, joined John soon after. Jim’s grandfather, Malcolm Currie, was the first European American child born in Clinton Township and became a long-serving attorney in Sac County and was elected to the office of County Sheriff and, subsequently, as County Attorney, and Jim’s father, Robert, also served as an attorney in Sac City for his entire career.
Jim completed an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Industrial Electronics Technology at Iowa Central Community College. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He had an active locksmith business in Sac City since 1971 and had also worked as an electrical technician at EVAPCO in Lake View, retiring in February 2019. In addition, he served for many years in the Iowa Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, rising to the rank of Major and serving as Assistant Director of Emergency Services and Commander of the Northwest Iowa Squadron, while also participating in the implementation of the 9-1-1 emergency system in Sac County and serving on the Sac City Municipal Airport Commission.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Malcolm and Clara Currie of Sac City and William and Zora Sharp of Des Moines, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by an uncle, Robert (Helen) Sharp of Johnston, Iowa and many cousins and good friends, and he will be missed.