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By The Mercury

James R. Mead, 70, of Manhattan, died Monday at the Good Shepherd Hospice House.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born June 20, 1943, in Tooele, Utah. James was raised in Sterling. After his schooling, he entered the Army and was a Vietnam vet. On Sept. 12, 1964, he married Jane E. Baker of Sterling. They continued to live in Sterling and raised their family there. James owned and operated an auto parts business for many years. In 2009, he and his wife relocated to Manhattan where he became an avid gardener.

Survivors include his wife Jane, of the home; daughters, Melissa and Carson Hudson of Williamsburg, Va., and Cassandra and Christopher Bailey of Manhattan; mother, Myrtle Mead of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters, Carol and James Scott of Sandy, Utah, Michelle Rhymer of Oklahoma City, Okla., Valerie and David Williams of Edmond, Okla.; brothers Ronald and Cheri of Springdale, Ariz., Steven and Jo of Hugoton, and Kevin and Cynthia of Northfield, Mass.

James was preceded in death by his father Harry and an infant brother.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan and the American Cancer Society.

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