James was born Nov. 30, 1923 in Sergeant Bluff, the son of Frank and Jennie (Verardi) Mandicino. He grew up in Sergeant Bluff and attended Sergeant Bluff High School. He then attended the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.
He married Elma A. Hindman on Sept. 4, 1941, in South Sioux City, Neb.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Jim worked for Metz Baking for more than 20 years and then was a master plumber in the pipe trades for 40 years. He was a member of Local 18 which is now Local 33.
He had been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salix.
Most important to Jim were his kids and grandkids. He enjoyed spending time with them at his home on Brown's Lake. He enjoyed boating, swimming, working in his yard and garden, and fixing just about anything in his garage.
Another love of Jim's was making homemade bread, pizza, and crispellis and sharing them with family and friends. Jim also coached weight lifting for Heelan High School in the CYO.
Survivors include his wife, Elma of Sioux City; three children:, a son, James Mandicino Jr. and his wife, Diane of Sioux City and their children:, James Allen Mandicino, Jeff Mandicino and his wife Sherri, Annette Bosse and her husband, Dale, Shellie Martin and her husband Ben; a daughter, Vicki Bornholtz and her husband, Von of Sioux City and their children, Justin Bornholtz and his wife Jessica, and Jill Bornholtz; a daughter, Gina Smith and her husband, Steve of Le Mars, and their children, Jennifer Howe, Taylor Smith and Shannon Smith; 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; a sister-in-law: Peggy Mandicino of Sioux City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim is also survived by many cousins in Italy, Canada and Australia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dominick and Frank; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson; a son-in-law, Lance Jorgensen, and a great-grandson: Dominick James Mandicino.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City wit the Rev. Craig Collison officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, with graveside military honors performed by American Legion Post 662 of Sergeant Bluff.
Visitation will be today (Thursday) from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., and a vigil service at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Johnson, Chris Johnson, Rick Schroeder, Larry Axlund and Richard "Buster" Towns.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.
Condolences may be sent online to www.meyerbroschapels.com.