Jim Iliff, 61 of Glenwood, IA, unexpectedly passed away at his home on November 30, 2018. Per his family's wishes, cremation will take place. A Time of Gathering Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the family.
James Michael Iliff, one of four children of Richard Dale and Frances "Peggy" Irene (Wheeler) Iliff, was born on March 11, 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up and attended school in Omaha, graduating from Burke High School in 1975. Jim worked at a number of different places through the years, Glenwood Resource Center, established, owned and operated Iliff's TV Repair in Glenwood for a while, worked at ECI as a computer programmer in Glenwood for a number of years, and lastly was employed as a team leader at Moody's Analytics in Omaha, Nebraska.
While working at the Glenwood Resource Center, Jim met Evelynn Louise Dunlap. The couple married on August 14, 1982 in Glenwood, Iowa. They were blessed with three children, Adam, Stephanie, and Michael.
Jim and Evelynn moved to outside of Glenwood to a small acreage where Jim loved living in the country where he raised a vegetable garden. He had a knack for building computers, writing computer programs and was great at troubleshooting glitches. Jim enjoyed astronomy and searching the night sky with his telescope, building robotics and using his 3-D printer, and was a true computer geek. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. Jim was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa.
Jim unexpectedly passed away at his Glenwood home on November 30, 2018 at the age of 61 years, 8 months, and 19 days. He was preceded in death by his father.
Jim is survived by his wife of 36 years Evelynn; children, Adam Iliff and wife Jill of Ann Arbor, MI, Stephanie Courtier and husband Jeff of Malvern, IA, and Michael Iliff of West Des Moines, IA; five grandchildren, Jon Courtier, Kurt Iliff, Oliver Iliff, Skyler Courtier, and Maxwell Iliff; mother Peggy Iliff of Omaha, NE; siblings, Kathy Luers and husband Larry, Richard "Rich" Iliff and wife Theresa, and Patti Bahle and husband Jerry, all of Omaha; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
I had the honor of working with Jim at Moody’s. He was a wonderful man with an eclectic humor that I will never forget. Beyond that he was so smart and driven to help, making him a great coworker. A kind soul gone way too soon. He will be missed.
I spent time with Jim growing up as teenagers. He was so funny and so nice! I didn’t see him for a long time and then in the last year talked on facebook and I know he loved being married, was having a great life and was having lots of fun with grandkids. Jim used to do this thing atbparties where he would sit on a couch on his legs and put his shoes on his knees and he looked really short, it used to crack us all up. When I talked to him I asked if he remembered and he said yes! I told him he should do for his grandkids, I hope he got that chance. God takes the good ones and Jim was definitely one of them. I will forever remember the wonderful person he was and send all my love and prayers to his family. With much sympathy. Rest in peace my friend!
I had the privilege to work with Jim at Moody’s Analytics and I know he will be greatly missed by coworkers and friends...especially in the Omaha office. My sincere condolences to the Moody’s Analytics team, as well as his friends and family.
Condolences from our family. Jim was scary smart and deep and he helped save my life one late night in Omaha in 1980. He taught me what mattered and more importantly what didn't. Godspeed and love and prayers to your family.
Evelyn and family- so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Find some comfort in all the memories you and Jim had the opportunity to create. Vicki and Mark Lauenroth
Although I only knew Jim for a short period of time, I always enjoyed his unique sense of humor and his expressions. He made time to help, hardly ever said no to anyone and was a very dedicated individual. Jim always made the day just a little bit brighter. So sorry for your loss.
I had the pleasure of working with Jim for 3 years. He was always so helpful and kind. I am originally from Michigan, and I loved talking with Jim about his visits to his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Ann Arbor. His whole face would glow! Jim will be sadly missed, I am so sorry for your loss.
Our sincere sympathy to the family, especially his Mother, Peg, she lives in our neighborhood and a dear friend. We are so sorry, blessing to all of you.
Don & Dorothy Schaecher
I literally saw Jim a week before this world lost one of the greatest fathers, grandfathers, husband, and friend to so many. Jim was interacting with his his grandson, Oliver, last Friday cracking witty jokes while simultaneously taking a genuine interest in his grandson's interests like karate and learning games on the tablet. He took this interest with everyone he cared about.
That is what Jim did best. He was a calm, fun, and brilliant light. I met him over 15 years ago when I began running around with his son, Michael. Throughout, that time he never wavered from being a truly amazing human. Every time anyone was invited into his home they were made welcome and gained some insight. Whether it was philosophical, technological, or even astrological there was always something new and fun to learn when he was in the room.
As a family friend I can only imagine the wealth of love and knowledge he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Even after many years of marriage he truly loved Evelynn, and it showed. I recall reading a post on social media about there being nothing more attractive than seeing Evelynn ride a lawnmower like a NASCAR. Nothing, but love came from this man and he exemplified what it is to be a family man and friend to countless others.
It is my greatest hope this love and wisdom will help the family get through this trying time. Even though he is not here in the physical realm, he will live through all of the people he touched with his infectious spirit. Thank you Jim for being an example for our aspirations.
I had the privilege of working with Jim for the past 10 years. He was a wonderful friend and meant so much to so many of us. I still am struggling with the news, so I wanted to share how much he meant to me and his other co-workers.
Evelyn, Adam, Michael and Stephanie I am so sorry for your loss. I've been fortunate to work with Jim the past 21 years. Without Jim's help, guidance, patience and sense of humor, I would not have the career I have today. I told him that many times and expected to tell him again. Jim's was also a good friend who I went to when I needed another perspective on something not business related. He often had a viewpoint that was innovative, entertaining and wonderfully useful. I will miss him very much.
Ken and Mary Pat King
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