He was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the son of James and Rose Walrod Jr. James attended Fulton High School and Fort Scott Community College. It was at this time he married Karen Lambertsen and joined the United States Navy in which he served seven years.
The Navy moved them around and they made their home in San Diego. James completed his education in applied physics from the University of California at San Diego. He worked as a project manager and head of engineering and retired from COHU Electronics in 2007. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling with his wife Karen.
As James retired he was diagnosed with macular degeneration which meant he had to give up driving, but that didn't stop him from giving up bowling. He was still able to bowl even though he couldn't see the pins and continued to carry a 190 average. He also enjoyed playing poker.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Karen; his children Patrice Walrod and son James Walrod IV. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Brittany, Chelsea, Annemarie and Brandon. He is also survived by his siblings Richard, David, Don, Joe and Carol and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah, his parents, a brother Tony and a sister Roxanne.
Following cremation, family member Patti Walrod will conduct memorial services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Private family burial will take place in Hiattville Cemetery. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.