Service


Date:

January 5, 2023

Start Time:

11:00 AM

Location:

Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories

Address:

Waterloo, Iowa

Arrangements By:

Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories

Visitation


Date:

January 4, 2023

Start Time:

4:00 to 7:00 PM

Location:

Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories

Address:

Waterloo, Iowa

Jim Acklin

Jim David Acklin was born in Newton Iowa on February 26th, 1939, to Lloyd “Bud” and Dorothy (Ridgeway) Acklin. He passed away peacefully on Christmas Day 2022. As a young man, Jim proudly served his country in the US Navy. Having been stationed in the Pacific, he got to see things and places many of us will only see in movies and he had the stories to prove it (which he was happy to share). He worked diligently for many years at John Deere, first in the foundry and ending at the Northeast site, retiring in 1993. His work at John Deere made him a habitual early riser and he would often be up before the sun, eating a bowl of oatmeal at his kitchen table and playing solitaire with a worn deck of playing cards. But anyone who knew Jim knew his life’s true calling was playing Santa Claus. He played Santa at College Square Mall for 23 years and was hired for private events with his wife, Judy, playing Mrs. Claus. He had a naturally white, bushy beard for as long as most of us can remember and delighted in the look of awe that was produced when he told a child to pull his whiskers if they didn’t believe. Jim was given life by the joy he brought to generations of children. Words cannot express how much he loved this part of his life and how disappointed he was when he had to give it up. Many of his grandchildren believed, for a time, that their grandfather was the real Santa Claus. In 1976, Jim married his third wife, Judy. While you might be mistaken for thinking they didn’t get along if you ever saw them together, they loved each other fiercely and after being moved to separate nursing homes, Jim could hardly talk about Judy without tears being shed. Outside of work, Jim had a passion for music. A self-taught guitarist, he performed all over northeastern Iowa with his bands, Satisfaction and Shine, as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. In the 1980s and 1990s, you would often see the signature black and yellow Shine jackets around the Cedar Valley and even after the group disbanded, Jim still played with his church band. Jim loved entertaining people with his music and stories and would take any opportunity to tell you about his family whom he loved immensely and was endlessly proud of. Within the family, between us all, we must have hundreds of stories which we surely know by heart since he told us every story about 100 times. He held a deep appreciation and love of life and strong faith in God. He was always grateful for what he had and encouraged those around him to do the same. If you knew Jim, you know it wouldn’t be right not to mention his four-legged family members. Many photos adorned the living room walls of his precious dogs, Princess, Foxy, Fancy, and Sassy. Jim loved his dogs like they were his own children and was visibly overjoyed every time he entered a room and saw them waiting for him. Jim will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. He had a long, good life with many twists and turns and so many friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances picked up along the way. Eightythree beautiful years of a life lived to the full. He left an indelible mark on so many lives and the world seems just a little grayer now. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Zoe (Hansen), infant son James Robert, and sister Barbara Scoles. He is survived by his wife Judy Acklin, children David Acklin, Bobbi (Andrew) Scarrott, Valerie Wilson, Sandy (Allan) Adolphs, Shelly Acklin-Mohorne, Jimmy Acklin, and stepson Magnus Mires. His siblings, Gary, Dennis, and Julie Acklin. His sister in spirit, Amy Drew. Grandchildren Belinda Scarrott, Garek Scarrott, James Acklin, Tishauna Schaefer, Monica Hoard, Glen Adolphs, Zoe Bachman, Shelby Acklin, Maleah Mohorne, Jayden Williams, Aaron Williamson, Sarah Hemann, and Emma King. Greatgrandchildren Alix, Perseus, and Atticus Batista-Pedro, Aidan and Ava Acklin, Anika and Addison Schaefer, Joanna Hoard, Colten, and Valerie Stark, AJ and Maverick Bachman, Aaliyah Burkett, Rylie, Raegan, Eleanor, and Hunter King and Malia and Adalyn Hemann. A viewing will be held by Parrott & Wood Funeral Home in Waterloo on Wednesday, January 4th, from 4 pm – 7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 11 am at the same location followed by burial at Garden of Memories in Waterloo afterward.

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