James John Vitko, age 74, of of Ottumwa, Iowa, formerly of Hardy, died Feb. 21, 2006, at the Hospice House of Ottumwa. Vitko was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Albia, Iowa to John F. and Mary Agnes (Stofko) Vitko. Vitko married Ruth Ann Hayes on Jan. 21, 1963 in Indiana. Vitko graduated from Albia High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
After his service he worked at Maytag before becoming an outside electrician from L.E. Myers Electrical Contractor until 1980.
In 1980 he and his family moved to Hardy, where he worked in the electrical field until retiring.
Vitko worked for St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village, taking care of the churche's maintenance needs for seven years, before becoming ill. In May 2005 Jim and Ruth Ann moved to Ottumwa.
Vitko was a member and enjoyed volunteering for St. Michael's Catholic Church, he observed Cursillo, Marian Movement of Priests, and he was a member of the American Legion, Howard Cessna Post 136 of Albia and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Vitko of Ottumwa; mother-in-law, Beatrice Hayes of Ash Flat; four children, Barbara (Jeff) Ackles of Friendswood, Texas, Teresa (Juan) Barajas of Garland, Texas, John (Jennifer) Vitko of Ottumwa, and Michael Vitko of Friendswood, Texas. Also surviving Jim are 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Bob Vitko of Cleveland, Ohio, Ray Vitko Sr. of Albia; and one sister, Janet Vitko of Garland, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Andrew Vitko; and one granddaughter, Christina Barajas.
Funeral services were held Feb. 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Albia with Rev. William Walter C.P.S. officiating.
Military rites were conducted by the Howard Cessna Post No. 136 American Legion of Albia.
Memorial graveside services will be held privately at a later date at St. Mary's Cemetery in Albia.
Memorials may be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Founda-tion.
Arrangements were under the direction of Winfield Funeral Home of Albia, Iowa.