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“I'm very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I had him for PE class at ETSU in Johnson City, TN. I was in a car accident while in his class, and had...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Turley - Elizabethton, TN

“Coach Hallihan guided me into coaching by being a true professional. ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: Charlie - Friend

“Jim was legendary in so many ways! Iowa State missed a big opportunity in not hiring him as Men's Bball Coach after Johnny Orr retired. He was a...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff Courter - West Des Moines, IA

“Our deepest sympathies are with all of you. I absolutely loved working with Jim! We spent several years working together on the Live Healthy Iowa...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Sandy Leiferman - Panora, IA

“Trish and family I am so sorry for your loss. I was Linda Cruse Karena and Jennifer were in high school together. Feel free to contact me anytime ”
5 of 31 | Posted by: Linda Conner - Glidden, IA

“So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was Truly one of the Very Good Guys! I knew him starting from his coaching at Casey, then thru...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: Cheri (Erwin) Calvert - Friend

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We had some wonderful times together. I'm sorry we've lost touch over the years, but I think of you often....Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Steve Ward - Alpharetta, GA

“Dear Trish, Jennifer, Kelly, Danny and families,I was so saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was such a good man and he shared those wonderful...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: John Kinley - Ames, IA - Friend

“Hallihan family – my deepest condolences.I had only a few interactions with Jim, but he left a lasting impression. I first met Jim in 2000 when...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Ryan

“My wife and I had the distinct honor of working closely with Jim when we had the Iowa Games Storm Lake Regional for seven years.Jim was always a...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff Stavnes - Storm Lake, IA

“Jim was truly one of the nicest, kindest, most sincere and giving individuals I've had the pleasure of working with. I first met him when I worked...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Chris Riedel King - Coworker

“Jim was a very special person. He truly made a positive difference in so many young lives. He made everyone around him better.My deepest sympathy to...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Suku Radia - West Des Moines, IA

“Take your rest Coach Halihan. Words can't explain how much you and your family mean to me. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Ronnie Virgil - Maywood, IL

“Herb ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Ewing Ewing - Clive, IA - Friend

“I will remember Jim as one of the kindest men I have ever met! He once helped me with a fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Association and every...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Jane Terrill - Ames, IA

“Trish and Family- I was so sad to hear of Jim’s passing!!! I know my dad loved spending time with Jim golfing, supporting the Iowa games and of...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Meghan Hirsch - Friend

“Love to the family praying for comfort in Jesus Name Amen ”
17 of 31 | Posted by: Gloria Phifer - Friend

“Remembering Jim as a very devout Christian who cherished his wife and adored his children. So blessed to know this wonderful family when I was a...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Shelene (Springer) McDermott - IA

“So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was a good man and a great guy. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: MJ McElvain - Cedar Falls, IA

“Trish & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed Jim and the Hallihan family during my years at Chic Beauty Salon. You are all in my...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy Mather - Ames, IA

“Trish & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed the Hallihan family during my years at Chic Beauty Salon. You are all in my thoughts and...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Cathy Mather - Ames, IA

“Seldom is a person so respected and loved by so many! As Curt's sister, I had an opportunity to see their special friendship. Thank you! ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: Gail Schayfer - Friend

“Trish and family, I'm sorry for your loss. Jim leaves a legacy of faith and character. He touched many lives,and will be missed. ”
23 of 31 | Posted by: Jeanie McElvain - Cedar Falls, IA

“Jim was the best "man" I have known. He exemplified his faith and he was dedicated to all who knew him as a mentor, a coach, and a friend. He was...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Jeff Scully - Friend

“I first met Jim about three years ago when he and I were pitchers for the Ankeny Miracle League. Jim was a legend in my mind but it turns out he was...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Stoner - Polk City, IA

“CoachI loved playing golf with Jimmy, he never wanted to get beat, he was alwaystrash talking!!!!Always up beat and positive!!!Miss you Coach!!!Tim ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Tim Wolf - Waukee, IA - Friend

“Trish and Family,Our hearts are so saddened for your loss. You know that no one was ever prouder of his family than Jim. He was truly a special...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Bixler - Land O'Lakes, FL

“Very sorry for your loss, I knew Jim through the Winter Iowa Games in Dubuque Ia. He always had kind and encouraging words even if the day wasn't...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Jay Gonzales Sr - Dubuque, IA

“Kelly and family - thinking of you during this time. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead. ”
29 of 31 | Posted by: Nicole Peckumn - Washington, DC

“I served as the table tennis commissioner at the Iowa Games from 1996-2018. When IU think of Jim, two words best represent my thoughts of him:1....Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Paul Lewis - Dubuque, IA - Friend

“Jim was to me the parent of some high school classmates of mine he was also the gentleman who let me help and lead Bag Stuffing for Iowa Games...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: andrew brown - branson, MO

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James (Jim) Hallihan, of Ankeny, Iowa, was welcomed by God into life eternal on November 20, 2020. He passed at his home from sudden complications due to metastatic cancer. Jim is survived by his wife of 45 cherished years, Trish; and his children, Jennifer (Mark) Howieson, Kelly (Ryan) Wyllie and Danny (Lauren) Hallihan. He will also be deeply missed by his six grandchildren, Rosie, Jack, Lily, Josie, Ellie and Maeve; his sister, Dana; nephews, Darren and Devin; and all of Trish's family.

Jim was born to Rose and Dan Hallihan on January 5, 1945, in Alton, Illinois. He grew up in Decatur, Illinois, and was a proud member of the 1962 Illinois State Championship basketball team. If you knew him, you knew that! Stephen Decatur High School held a special place in his heart.

He enjoyed a successful basketball career at Miami (Ohio) University, graduating in 1967. After a short stint as a head coach at Casey (Ill.) High School, he went on a tour of duty in the Army. Jim was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, with their 1973 team winning the N.I.T. He coached with Sonny Smith at East Tennessee State for 2 years then served as head coach there from 1979-1982.

Jim joined Johnny Orr's basketball staff at Iowa State University in 1982. He served as top assistant at ISU for twelve years of Hilton Magic.
In 1994, he became the Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation. In 2011, one year before his retirement, they had over 190,000 participants.
Among many honors promoting sportsmanship and good character, Jim received the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award, Character Count's highest honor, which reflects former Governor Ray's lifelong commitment to civility and character development.

After retirement, he served as a member of Ankeny Parks Board and volunteered as the announcer at the Ankeny Miracle Field baseball games. He was a giver in all things, including organ donation.

Jim was a long-time member and served as an Elder at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Ames. His faith was a foundation of who he was. Proverbs 3:5-6
Most of all, he was a devoted husband, loving father, incredible Papa, cherished coach and mentor, and supportive and fiercely loyal to his friends and family. Every Father's Day he was honored to receive messages from many former players and others who loved him.

Those wishing to give memorials in lieu of flowers are asked to donate in his memory to Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3626 Ontario St., Ames, IA 50014.

Please save the date for the memorial service of Jim Hallihan on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. We pray for this to be a safe time and space in our world. We hope to be able to have this time of reunion and celebration of a life well lived after such a difficult year of being separated.