MCKINNEY, Texas - James Dean DeFoe, Jr., was born on May 13, 1980, in Fort Dodge Iowa, to James DeFoe and Christina Hefley. He was raised in Ft Dodge and Renwick before moving to Texas. He married Danielle Cutrona on April 19, 2007. The couple was later divorced. He moved to McKinney, Texas, and worked for Tom Thumb Supermarket for 12 years, and then went to work for Bull Chicks Restaurant as the Director of Operations.
James died on Sunday, December 2, 2012, in McKinney, Texas.
Survivors include two daughters, Alexis and Kaylee DeFoe, McKinney, Texas; his parents, Michael and Christina Baessler of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and James D. DeFoe, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.; grandparents, Ellen Defoe and Mardell Abrams; siblings; Melissa (Thomas) Christman, Lewisville, Texas, Daniel (Lindsay) Baessler, Iowa Falls, Iowa, Christopher Baessler, Benjamin Baessler, and Brooke Baessler, all of Eagle Grove, nieces, Ashley and Emma Christman, aunts & uncles Troy DeFoe and wife Susan, Tammy DeFoe, Ronda (Roger) Kern, Bev (Rich) Varn, Paul Hefley, Karen (Jerry) ProKop, Iva (Tom) Baessler, Penny Palmer (Randy), Kris Palmer (Rick), and Uncle Rich Baessler; and many cousins, Richard Varn, Jennifer Holstein (Jim), Joshua Varn, Kirk (Sherri) Hefley, Trisha Hefley, Keith (Joni) Hefley, Branden (Stacy) Glynn, Tina (Kyle) Christ, Samantha ProKop, Stephanie King, Sara Baessler, Sean Baessler.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale C. DeFoe, John Hefley, and Harold Abrams.
Visitation will be held December 15 at 9 a.m. until the memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Fort Dodge, Iowa, with Pastor Gary Snook officiating. Inturnment will be held at North Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.