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Weerts Funeral Home

3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

James "Jim" Harrison Elliott

April 22, 1944January 19, 2019

James “Jim” Harrison Elliott, 74, of Bettendorf, Iowa passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida. Born in Drayton, North Dakota, on April 22, 1944, to Harrison and Lillian “Hap” (Prigge) Elliott, Jim grew up on the Elliott family farm (acquired through the Homestead Act in 1881, as he was fond of reminding his children). Jim graduated from Drayton High School in 1962, and was a member of the United States National Guard from 1964-1970.

Jim attended the University of North Dakota and met the love of his life, Sharon Mackley, while on campus. On September 30, 1967, Jim and Sharon were married. It was at this time that Jim also started his career with JCPenney. Over the next four decades, Jim would build a reputation as a strong, caring, and inspirational manager and mentor in a number of key leadership roles, especially with his employees at the Davenport Northpark Mall store. He is also remembered with thanks by many Quad City parents as the man who gave their teenagers their first job.

Jim loved his home, and spent many hours working on his lawn and flower beds. His family and neighbors fondly remember Jim’s annual spring tradition of loading up his bright blue pick-up with mulch and flowers and spending the next weeks transforming his yard into a showpiece. What Jim loved most about his home was spending time around his family, and raising four accomplished and independent young women with Sharon.

Jim was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, where he excelled at the art of tailgating. He loved beautiful fall days in Iowa City, cheering on his favorite team surrounded by his many friends and family. Jim was known for his seventh-grade sense of humor, his outgoing personality, and his knack for wise counsel and a kind word. He was always available to bounce an idea off of and loved to perch on a bar stool, “Jim and tonic” in hand, and help solve anyone’s problems.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon, his daughters: Elizabeth Allison (Jeffrey Allison), Laura Elliott, Kate Elliott (Kevin Roberts) and Jennifer Thomas (Nick Thomas) and Jim’s six grandchildren: Lauren Asay, Logan Asay, Katie Bradley, Claire Bradley, Isaac Roberts, and Nat Roberts. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Karen Walz, Jack Elliott, and Jeff Elliott. He will also be remembered by his many nieces and nephews and the newest additions to his family, the four Allison grandsons: Mark, Connor, Carson, and Ross.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm at Weerts Funeral Home (3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, IA 52807), family will greet friends from 1:30 until the time of service. Memorial donations can be made to the River Bend Foodbank (4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport, IA 52802) (https://riverbendfoodbank.org/donate-money/) or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital (200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242) (https://uichildrens.org/ways-give)

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2019

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John Braun

February 2, 2019

Dear Sharon and the girls,

First I want to offer my deepest sympathy for your loss.
I haven't seen Jim since I retired, but we have talked frequently on the phone. While we both were in Chicago we shared many good times together
that I personally treasure. Jim was always ready to vocally let me know of the many opportunities I had.
I would receive calls from him whenever YOU were not able to find white or navy tights for your girls.
After they were grown, he and I would share our philosophy on current events.
I considered him a good friend, and he will be missed.

Sincerely,

John Braun

Bruce and Linda Hill

February 1, 2019

Dear Sharon and Families,
We were sorry to hear of your loss. Although, I haven't seen Jim in a number of years, I have vivid memories. His smile, sense of humor and aggressive get out of my way attitude that served him well throughout the years. Jim was talented on many levels, however, in my opinion his real strength was as a Store Manager. While visiting his store from time to time, I always walked away knowing Jim and his associates were providing the company and it's customers what was expected. You didn't have to ask.....it was obvious, Jim's people loved working for him and the positive leadership he provided.
Linda and I express our heartfelt sympathy to you and your families Sharon. Overtime Jim's many positive memories will live on in a new and meaningful way.
Take care.
Bruce and Linda Hill


Barb and Bill McGaffigan

January 31, 2019

Dear Sharon and girls,
Our hearts broke when we learned of Jim's passing. What a loss for this world -- so many will miss his warmth and humor. We treasure the memories of his work with the Bettendorf Swim Club, running into him at JCP, and getting updates on his girls as he walked around the track at the Life Fitness Center. He was SO proud of his family!
You have our deepest sympathies,
The Bill McGaffigan family

Jerry & Carole Reid

January 31, 2019

Sharon,
We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s death. We thought of you a few weeks ago as we were strolling around St. Armand’s Circle, wondering if you were down here. I enjoyed our professional relationship and later our conversations at Biaggi’s.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Laura and the rest of your family.

Jerry and Carole Reid

Gene Siefken

January 30, 2019

Dear Sharon,
Shocked to hear about the loss of Jim. I have not talked to him for several years since he "left" the store. I used to sit and talk with Jim when I lived in Clinton after my retirement from Ford City in Chicago. We shared District work many years ago and we both more enjoyed the challenge and fun of running a Penney Store. Jim ran one of the best and we enjoyed talking about the better days of the Company!. We enjoyed the seeing you at Biaggi"s several times . I offer my deepest sympathy and my prayers go our to you and family.
Gene Siefken

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY