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James Leonard McGuire, 82 passed away September 12, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born July 13, 1935 at the McGuire farmstead west of Elvira to Leonard and Loretta (Welsh) McGuire. He is a 1954 graduate from Elvira High School. Jim married the love of his life, Joan Foley on February 12, 1966 at Sacred Heart in Clinton. They lived and raised their family on the McGuire farm until moving to Clinton in 2005.

Jim's life was built on his devout faith, commitment to his family, and strong work ethic. Through his actions and example Jim installed the qualities of honor, integrity, and hard work in his four sons.

Jim worked from a young age on the farm and later farmed himself. For many years he worked as an Operating Engineer, chiefly with Foley Construction Company, on many infrastructure projects in the Quad City area. Upon his retirement he and Joan enjoyed travel and visiting their grandchildren attending many birthday parties, soccer, basketball and football games.

Jim was a lifelong and dedicated member of St. Patrick's of Villa Nova and later at Prince of Peace parish in Clinton.

Jim enjoyed collecting Ertl model tractors many of which he operated in his life. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeye fan. One of his most prized possessions were splinters from the goal posts after the Hawkeye victory over Notre Dame in Iowa City in 1956. Jim's true lifelong passion was taking meticulous care of his farm.

Jim is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, his daughter Julie, and his sisters Margaret Linehan and Teresa Krogman.

He is survived by his wife Joan, sons: Tim (Tricia) McGuire, Carmel, IN, Terry (Brenda) McGuire, Urbandale, IA, Todd (Kelli) McGuire. Grimes, IA and Tom (Kody) McGuire Mt. Vernon, IA and grandchildren Molly, Jake, Ben, Libby, Sam, Jillian, Tess and Griffin, and his brother Joe of DeWitt.

Pallbearers will be Joe McGuire, Jake McGuire, Ben McGuire, Tom Krogman, Gary Krogman, and Jim Linehan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bill Schrader, David Petersen, Les Shields, and Bob Wisor.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to The Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton or Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held at Prince of Peace Parish at 9:30am on Thursday, September 21, 2017 with Funeral mass at 11:00am and burial to follow at St Patrick's of Villa Nova Cemetery. Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory - Clinton is honored to serve the McGuire family.
Published on September 17, 2017
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