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“My condolences to the Cahill family. Knew Jim and Pat many years ago when I lived in Ankeny. Great people! ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Suzanne Holden - Des Moines

“I feel like a member of my family has died..i was raised. Like a member of the cahill family...i spent more time with jim, judy.and donnie than i did...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Suran Feld - Evereu, WA

“We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Lyle helped Lyle a little when he coached one of his kids' teams. Nice family and nice kids. Our...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Lyle & Janet Hogue - MountAyr, IA

“My sincerest sympathy to the Cahill family. My husband Jim and I bowled on a league with your mom and dad one of our first years in Ankeny. They were...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Linda Dickson - Ankeny, IA


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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.