OBITUARY: James Henry Tilley, Jr.
Jim, supportive and loving father, amazing and fun husband, fan of 40s music and the Chicago Bears, died in his Zephyr Heights home on February 8, 2011. Jim was born to Louise and James Tilley, Sr. in the kitchen of their central Illinois home. He was raised with great love and pride, taking trumpet lessons at five years old and attending White Hall, IL schools. The trumpet lessons led to gigs in local bands, pit band playing for musicals and on the Admiral Steamboat in St. Louis, MO. He graduated Illinois College in 1962, taught for over forty years in Downers Grove and Aurora, IL. He was a Science Department chairman and an excellent physics teacher, mentoring many students and new teachers.
After annual trips to the Rocky Mountains with family to camp and hike, Jim was convinced to retire out west. Tahoe was a real draw – casinos, mountains, fishing, music, shows and steakhouses. A smaller true community became an unexpected bonus. Here on the south shore, he took art classes at LTCC, met many friends through SLT Senior Center bridge (and Edgewood Ladies Bridge), served as President of the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center and participated in Relay for Life.
His leadership skills, love of fun and friends and his organizing talents served his Illinois & Nevada communities through his career and ten years of retirement. We have all benefited from Jim’s 70 short years.
The greatest joys Jim had were his daughters Kate and Anna, his wife Maryon and his grandchildren Arthur, Jack and Alex. His one great heartache was the loss of his son Jimmie (James Robert) back in 1982. Jimmie is memorialized on the log at Wildwood Avenue Park. Jim recovered to enjoy life and family and traveling to the fullest.
Jim died looking at the snow-capped Sierras from his River Room which is decorated in a fly fishing motif.
We love you and miss you Dad, Hubby, great friend and talented teacher.
Two memorial will be held at later dates in the Tahoe area & the Chicago area.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jim’s memory to:
• Tahoe Douglas Senior Center,
PO Box 1771, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
• South Lake Tahoe Cancer League,
PO Box 17962, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151
• Barton Home Health,
2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd, CA 96150
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