James "Jim" Dawley, 67, of Boscobel, Wis., formerly of Bluffton, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Boscobel Hospital in Boscobel, Wis. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Schluter - Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Music was Gary Halverson - prelude music; "Just as I am"; "Precious Memories"; "Wherever He Leads I'll Go" and Alan Jackson CD music. Honorary casketbearers were all of Jimmy's nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. Casketbearers were Jacob Dawley, Adam Dawley, Shawn Dawley, Kyle Dawley, Andy Dawley, Joey Dawley, Randy Dawley and Michael Newman, J.R. Lehman, Jim Brownfieldand Kevin Hanson. Military rites at the graveside were by Helof - Holm VFW Post No. 1977, Decorah. Interment was at Bluffton Community Cemetery in Bluffton. Arrangements were handled by Schluter - Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.
James Robert "Jimmy" Dawley was born March 15, 1946, the son of Roscoe and Ellen (Gabrielson) Dawley in Canoe Township, rural Decorah. Jimmy attended country school near Bluffton and graduated from Decorah High School in 1966. He worked for the Chrysler Corporation in Belvidere, Ill. He was married to Connie Kilkelly in 1969, and they were the parents of Kay and Bobby; they later divorced. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years in Vietnam, from 1969-71. He returned from the service and worked for Chrysler again for 31 years until he retired. Jimmy married Gloria Degenhardt in 1988. Jimmy enjoyed working on garden tractors, lawn mowers and all kinds of motors. He also liked to tinker with miniature caterpillars, four-wheelers and collecting John Deere toy tractors and guns. Jimmy also was proud of the WD 45 Allis Chalmers he had just recently restored. He enjoyed country music, having weanie roasts and bonfires, shooting off his homemade potato cannon, working in his garage and drinking beer. Above all, Jimmy loved spending time with his family and especially his two grandchildren, Jacob and Kynley.
Jim is survived by his two children, Kay Kelly Dawley, Charlotte, N.C. and Robert James Dawley, Boscobel, Wis.; two grandchildren, Jacob Steven Dawley and Kynley Elaine Dawley; his mother, Ellen Dawley, Bluffton; 11 siblings: Ruth Brownfield, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Martha Dawley, Cresco; Mary (Jim) Gridley, Rockford, Ill.; Ronald (Beverly) Dawley, Belvidere, Ill.; Rebecca (Steven) Newman, Waterloo; Mark (Edith) Dawley, Bluffton; Steven (Julie) Dawley, Ridgeway; Danny (Jill) Dawley, Burr Oak; Jeff (Gwen) Dawley, Bluffton; Michael Dawley, Bluffton; and John (Arla) Dawley, Ridgeway; along with 14 nieces and 19 nephews; one aunt:, Vyra Masters, Albert Lea, Minn.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Dawley in 2003; his brother, Lester, in infancy; wife, Gloria Dawley, in 2005; maternal grandparents, Gilbert and Louise Gabrielson; paternal grandparents, Charlie and Cordelia Dawley.