James “Jim” Richard Dalton, 49, of Memphis, Missouri, passed away, suddenly, on April 22, 2017, at the home of his parents in rural Scotland County.

James was born on March 12, 1968, at Kirksville, Missouri, to William and Bonnie (Bulen) Dalton.

He graduated from Scotland County R-1 High School in 1986.  Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army, serving for four years. After graduating basic training, he was stationed in Korea where he met his future bride, Laura Kathleen Finberg. After completing his enlistment they moved back to Memphis and were married on July 6, 1990 and to this union three children were born.

For the past nineteen years Jim worked for the Scotland County road crew, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Delbert F. Dalton and his father, William Dalton.

Jim’s passion in life was his family, especially the last seven months, having the opportunity to make the acquaintance of his grandson, Anthony Jace “A.J.” Dalton-Lloyd.

He also had a great passion for tractor pulling.  He looked forward to every summer when he traveled with Larry and David Wiggins to participate in various antique tractor pulls and volunteered for the Scotland County Antique Days, guarding the antique tractors.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Delbert and Irene Dalton and George and Ida Bulen; a nephew, Anthony Michael Dalton, a cousin, Cindy Hamilton and his father-in-law, John Finberg, Sr.

He leaves in mourning his wife, Laura Dalton, of Memphis; his children: Brian William Dalton and Elizabeth Carol Dalton, both of Memphis; Lisa Leigh Dalton of Ottumwa, Iowa; a grandson, A.J. Dalton-Lloyd of Memphis; his parents, William and Bonnie Dalton, of Memphis; brothers: Arnold Dalton, Donald Dalton, Delbert Dalton and his special friend, Melissa Woollums, all of Memphis; Michael Dalton and his wife, Robin, of Kahoka, Missouri and a sister, Lori Wilson and her husband, Kevin, of Memphis and his mother-in-law, Leora Finberg of Laurel, Montana.  He also leaves several nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends.

Visitation, with the family present to greet relatives and friends, was Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Memphis Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. and was officiated by Jim’s aunt, Reverend Karyon Elsea.

Burial followed in the Memphis Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 and the Missouri Military Honors Team. Casket bearers were Brian Dalton, Kevin Fountain, David Wiggins, Eric Byrne, Wayne Bulen, Mark Drummond, Jeremy Dalton and Kevin Wilson. Honorary bearers were Larry Wiggins, Jim Morgan, Wayne Durham, DeWayne Durham, Terrance Durham, Lorie Wilson, Arnold Dalton, Donald Dalton, Delbert Dalton, Michael Dalton, Elizabeth Dalton, A.J. Dalton, Lisa Dalton, Jacob Meier, Josh Dalton, Robert Arnold, Eric Dalton, Andrew Dalton and Haley Dalton.

As an expression of sympathy in memory of Jim Dalton, a memorial may be made to his family and may be left at or mailed to the Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online condolences for the Dalton family may be left at memphisfuneralhome-mo.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.