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Jim Ridihalgh
February 7, 1945 - December 21, 2019

James “Jim” Ridihalgh, 74, of Oelwein, died peacefully on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from complications related to cancer. Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein. Memorial services will then begin at 6:00 PM.

Jim was born February 7, 1945, in Oelwein, the son of Robert and Betty (Potter) Ridihalgh. He graduated from Oelwein High School, went to the University of Iowa until he enlisted in the United States Army. On October 8, 1966, he and Linda (Van Vooren) married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence. He served in Vietnam from 1969-70 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He graduated from UNI in 1973 with an accounting degree. He returned to Oelwein to work as a CPA and in 1975 started the firm now known as RFSW.

Jim was a lifelong athlete. He wrestled competitively in high school, spent many summers with friends and family biking across Iowa, and loved swimming. He passed on his love of the water to his daughters and continued to swim until last month. He enjoyed being outside, either on his deck, at the Mississippi River with friends and family, or near an ocean when he travelled. He transformed his backyards into beautiful gardens, experimented with unusual plants, and shared seedlings with friends and family. Jim was a skilled and enthusiastic artist, especially in recent years, and took pleasure in painting with Jennifer and his grandsons. He was a prolific reader and liked discussing books with others. Jim was always grateful that he loved going to work every day, grew his business with knowledgeable partners, had the best staff, and took pleasure in growing his relationships with clients.

Jim is survived by his wife Linda; daughters Susan (Chris Korn), of Chicago, and Jennifer, a world traveler; grandsons Alexander and Benjamin Korn; brother John Ridihalgh of Columbus, Ohio; and his fun nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Jason in 1969, parents-in-law Charles and Vera Van Vooren; and sisters-in-law Linda Ridihalgh, Lucille Efting, and Betty Hill.

Jim urged us all to spend time doing things we enjoyed and believed that the good we put into the world comes back to us. To share his spirit, please consider making a donation to the Oelwein Public Library, Fontana Park, or something meaningful to you.

 

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Dan Cohen on December 30, 2019 at 8:33 AM said:

Deepest sympathy and condolences to Linda and family.
Stephen & Irma Bisenius on December 27, 2019 at 9:08 AM said:

Our deepest condolences to Linda, Jennifer and Susan. We are so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We always enjoyed visiting, either as neighbors or as our brilliant accountant. Jim was one of the cornerstones of Oelwein and was involved in so many things for the community. He will be sorely missed.
Robin and Robin Rosenstiel on December 26, 2019 at 8:45 PM said:

Linda and Family ,sending our deepest sympathy in the passing of Jim
Jack Tank on December 25, 2019 at 7:32 AM said:

I was saddened to see Jim passed away. Jim has been our accountant and most of all a good friend for many years. He always had a balanced approach and was always interested in what was new in our business. Good accountant, great person. He will be missed. Jack and Sue Tank
Jim and Alice Stanek on December 24, 2019 at 10:26 AM said:

Lindajqddhm, such a sad time, but remember this is also the time of year that you and Jim started your life together. Sorry for your loss.
Sue Tasker on December 24, 2019 at 12:38 AM said:

Linda, prayer for you for strength during this difficult time
Sheryl, Richard & Dalene Gosse on December 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM said:

Linda and girls: We are sad to read of Jim's passing. Cherish the memories/stories you will hear from others at visitation. Memories mean alot. Jim is now at peace, your angel in heaven with you every day.
Anonymous on December 23, 2019 at 7:41 PM said:

Sympathy and blessings. Love to all Lois Delagardelle
Richard Wakeford on December 23, 2019 at 5:57 PM said:

Linda,Susan and Jennifer and family’s
My sincere love and thoughts are with you all.
Jimmy has been a wonderful friend and mentor for so many years.
Jimmy. “Rest in peace “
Carol Damge on December 23, 2019 at 4:10 PM said:

Sympathy to you and your family Linda. Such a hard time of year to lose someone. Share all your wonderful memories with each other, and know Jim is in a better place.
John Pirillo on December 23, 2019 at 2:03 PM said:

So very sorry for your loss
Elaine & Miron on December 23, 2019 at 1:11 PM said:

So sorry, Linda and family. We'll be thinking of you.
Steve and Sue (Avenson) Vanselow on December 23, 2019 at 12:49 PM said:

We will always remember Jim with fond memories. He has been a friend to our family since I can remember.
Scott R Nelson on December 23, 2019 at 7:57 AM said:

I worked with Jim many years ago when we were both starting our accounting careers. He was a great guy and a good friend. We learned a lot together and there are many great memories.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on December 23, 2019 at 5:39 AM said:

Sincere condolences. Great guy & he'll be missed by the entire community. Jim had that subtle sense of humor.He was a quiet scholar-I'm thinking a rum/coke may be an honor
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