Jim Cahill

  • Born: January 28, 1942
  • Died: September 14, 2020
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

James "Jim" Cahill, 78, passed away at his home in Ankeny on September 14, 2020 surrounded by love and family.

His visitation will be held from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). A prayer service will start at 3:30 p.m.

Jim was born on January 28, 1942 in Mason City, Iowa to Calla and Hank Cahill. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia "Pat" Margulies, on February 28, 1962. Together, they raised four children and later welcomed eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He loved his Patty truly, deeply, and fiercely. His unconditional love for her radiated to everyone around him. Their home had an endless supply of love. Their door was always open and their kitchen table had a near constant stream of visiting friends, neighbors, and family. Jim's love didn't just extend to the people in his life. He had a soft spot in his heart for all animals, from the multiple rescue animals he and Pat welcomed into their home, all the way down to an army of neighborhood squirrels he kept well fed with a constant supply of peanuts. When you think of what embodies a home, you think of the Cahills' house.

Jim had his ornery moments, but no one in his life ever doubted his love for them. His family will miss hearing "hey honey" as they walk in the door and—as much as they may not want to admit it—his seemingly endless supply of corny jokes.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donnie; his brother-in-law, Terry; and his beloved wife, Patty.

He is survived by his sister, Judy; his children, Shannon, Shelley, Scott (Amber), and Steve; his grandchildren, Meredith, Veronika (Zachary), Hannah (Teague), Domenic, Garrett (Audrey), Oliver, Rylee (Bryan), and Hallie; and his great-grandson, Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Animal Rescue League in Jim's name.