James Allison, Jr. Obituary

James Spencer Allison, Jr.
Jim Allison, Jr.
James Spencer Allison, Jr.

June 21, 1968 - January 29, 2015
Born in Nurnberg, Germany
Resided in Centerville, IA
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James "Jim" S. Allison, Jr., 46, was taken from us on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, at Dallas Center United Methodist Church, located at 1504 Walnut Street. Committal services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel.

Jim was born on June 21, 1968 in Nurnberg, Germany to James and Lynette Allison. During his youth, he grew up in Des Moines, Carlisle, and Dallas Center, IA. Jim was a 1986 graduate of Dallas Center-Grimes High School. He was involved in many activities and excelled at all he did. He enjoyed being a pitcher in baseball and served as a quarterback, punter and kicker in football. He was also a great wrestler. In addition to sports, Jim was musically talented, and he enjoyed singing in high school chorus and playing the piano. He was an active member of both Boy Scouts and FFA. He also held a high standing in his graduating class and was on honor roll. In college, Jim attended Upper Iowa University for one year where he played on the football team. He then transferred to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. While there, he was a member of Castle Singers Choir which traveled to Greece, Romania, and Bulgaria. After graduating from Wartburg, Jim attended graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa where he studied fitness and exercise science.

Jim pursued his dream of owning his own gym when he moved to Tucson, Arizona and opened Allison's Fitness Studio. While there he won many National Weightlifting competitions. He then proceeded to Ashland, Oregon, where he operated a vitamin nutrition franchise. Later, Jim served in the Navy on the U.S.S. LaSalle and in Naples, Italy. During this time, he became a master scuba diver, and he participated in International Weightlifting Competitions and trained others for competition. Shortly after returning to the "States," he went to Iraq as an Information Technologist with Mantec. After 1 ½ years in this position, bombing and terrorism increased and it became unsafe to continue working there without U.S. troops. Jim took this opportunity to return to Iowa and make a home for himself in Guthrie Center. Eventually he relocated and has been enjoying his home and the company of many good friends in Centerville, Iowa. He enjoyed working with Nancy Bennett for Grow Centerville, the Community Garden, and Bob's Club.

Jim enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, canoeing, and photography. He loved spending time with family and cooking for others. Every get together was a celebration with lots of food and games.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his mother, Lynette (Gary) Nichols of Dallas Center, IA; father, James Sr. (Judy) Allison of Apple Valley, CA; two sisters, Stefanie (Eric) Wilderdyke of Adel, IA and Emily (Matt) Jackson of Greenfield, WI; two step brothers, Chris (Megan) Nichols of Des Moines and David (Roberta) Osterquist of Sioux Falls, SD; step sister, Melissa Willard of Bedford, TX; two nieces, Katelyn and Kimberly Wilderdyke; nephew, Joshua Jackson; step nieces, Mia and Violet Nichols and Jordan Osterquist; step nephews, Triston and Rodney Willard and Nathan Osterquist; and a host of many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jim was preceded in death by one niece, Megan Nicole Wilderdyke, as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, at Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center. An additional visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service time on Thursday, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made in Jim Allison's name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Brandt Dallas Center
1301 Ash Street
Dallas Center, IA US 50063
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Dallas Center United Methodist Church
1504 Walnut Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063
Thursday, February 5, 2015
11:00 AM
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Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Thursday, February 5, 2015
12:30 PM