James Harry Dill
May 29, 1950 – November 30, 2018
James H. Dill left this world on November 30 to join his Lord and Savior in Paradise after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s. He died at Garden Square Assisted Living of Greeley where he was a residence since May of this year.
He was born on May 29, 1950 in Greeley to Harry LeRoy Dill and Ruth L. (Lind) Dill. Jim and his family farmed a mile north of Lucerne until 1969. Jim loved growing up on a farm and watching their sugar beets grow and thrive. He loved tractors and he and his dad restored several together. Jim attended Eaton schools and graduated from Eaton High School in 1968. He then attended Aims Community College and received a degree in electronics. From the beginning, Jim was intrigued with how things worked. He learned fast by dismantling radios, pocket watches, and televisions. His folks were always relieved when he managed to put things back together in working order. Jim was a collector of vintage toys, old tools, padlocks, and pocket watches. He was a member of the Antique Tool Collectors Club. He went on to work for the Fort St. Vrain Power Plant, Great Western Sugar Factory where he operated a loader, and worked for Greeley Lock and Key for many years. At one time Jim had a fix-it shop in east Greeley where he fixed clocks, watches, and TVs. He enjoyed every job that he had. Jim stopped working in 2005 to care of his aging parents. In 2009 Jim met the love of his life, Janice Chisholm, and they married in 2010. Jim was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Greeley. He was a devoted son, loyal friend, and loving husband. He is missed by his little dog, Otis O’Reilly.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Kay Dill of Greeley, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jay and Linda Chisholm of Lakewood, Uncle Harold Lind, Aunt Judy (Lind) Leffler, and Aunt Bertha Dill, Cousins include Julie Bischoff, Bob Dill, Charlotte Moore, Janice Harms, Linda Harms, Paul Harms, Margaret Martin, Laurie Freeman and Donna Rea.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be at Stoddard Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. 3000 35th Avenue in Greeley.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Weld County Humane Society in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
- Janice Kay Dill, Wife
- Jay & Linda Chisholm, Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law
- Harold Lind, Uncle
- Judy (Lind) Leffler, Aunt
- Bertha Dill, Aunt
- Julie Bischoff, Cousin
- Bob Dill, Cousin
- Charlotte Moore, Cousin
- Janice Harms, Cousin
- Linda Harms, Cousin
- Paul Harms, Cousin
- Margaret Martin, Cousin
- Laurie Freeman, Cousin
- Donna Rea, Cousin
- Jay Chisholm
- Pastor Greg Hafeman
- Adam Findley
- John Rutledge
- Alan Findley, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018
- Interment Friday, December 7, 2018
James Harry Dill
December 6, 2018
Jim Dill, who we called "the Dillerman", worked with me for thirty or so years, either as an employee, or as a contributor on many projects. He would take on jobs large or small without complaint and was well-respected by those we served. His love for his family was paramount and his loyalty to our business and fellow employees was unquestionably commendable. Many of our customers requested his service and many times he worked well after hours to complete his work.
A favorite memory of mine occurred one evening when Jim, a member on our Greeley Lock & Key bowling team, began rolling strikes beginning in the third frame. He continued the streak of strikes. Word spread among the other bowlers and by the time the tenth frame came the entire bowling alley gathered near our lanes to see what would happen. Jim calmly rolled three more strikes and the place erupted with cheers, backslaps, and high-fives. But, knowing Jim, the trophy awarded to him at the year-end banquet gathered dust on a shelf at his machine shop.
I and many in the locksmith trade mourn his loss and hope his legacy is acknowledged, and we offer comfort to those he leaves behind.