James F. “Jim” Wyffels, 84, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post following the mass at the church. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was recited at 1:30 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment took place Tuesday, May 22 at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the James Wyffels Memorial Fund and will be given to several local charities.

James F. “Jim” Wyffels, 84, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A funeral mass was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post following the mass at the church. A visitation was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, where a rosary was recited at 1:30 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment took place Tuesday, May 22 at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the James Wyffels Memorial Fund and will be given to several local charities.

Jim was born Sept. 9, 1933, in Geneseo, the son of Alphonse and Blanche (Vandersnick) Wyffels. He was a 1951 graduate of J.D. Darnall High School. Jim married Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Nowers on Oct. 4, 1958, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Atkinson. He was in the lawn and turf industry as a sales and serves representative for numerous companies that served in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois for 45 years. Jim spent many year volunteering to work on the Geneseo football field because of his expertise in lawn care and gardening. He also put on many seminars at lawn and garden shows in Peoria and Rockford.

After his retirement from Ford and Sons, Jim was employed as a greeter at Walmart in Moline for five years, where his love of visiting with people shined through. Jim enjoyed vacationing in Colorado and Branson, Mo., where he donated his collection of IH farm tractors to the Branson Toy Museum. He loved spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, and, quite obviously, Jim loved taking care of his lawn. He HATED dandelions! Jim was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he served for many years as a lay minister, past president of Parents’ Club and Parish Council. He was a life-time, true blue, No. 1 Notre Dame fan.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betsy; and children: Kim (Bill) Parker, of Wyanet; Michael (Betty) Wyffels, of Eldridge, Iowa; Matthew Wyffels, of Geneseo; Jim (Krista) Wyffels, of Coal Valley; and Susan (Eric) Horner, of Wilmette. His grandchildren are: Megan (Justin) Williams, Jenny Wyffels, Scott (Terra) Smith, Steven (Amy) Smith, Alexis Wyffels, Adam Wyffels, Katy Wyffels, Ally Wyffels and Charlotte Wyffels; and his four great-grandchildren, Alaina, Aleigha, Sydney and Blaine. He is also survived by his sister, Arlene Goebel Seeds, of Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alphonse and Blanche; and his brothers, Marvin, Edward and Vernon Wyffels.