James Darrell Sliger
June 13, 1937 - April 11, 2019
MASON CITY – James Darrell Sliger, 81, of Mason City passed away Thursday April 11, 2019 at home in Mason City.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Grace United Methodist Church, 200 14th Street NW, Mason City, with Rev. Steve Hansen officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Elmwood - St. Joseph Cemetery.
A visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd Street NE, Mason City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family at this time and a charity will be selected at a later date.
Jim was born on June 13, 1937 in Rockwell, IA, on the kitchen table, son of James Lyle and Lois (Meyer) Sliger. He was named after his granddad and then his dad. The family name would be carried on with his son and then his grandson. He had four sisters and one brother, and he was the second oldest. As a kid he would grow up enjoying most hunting with his friends and would say they would go out to the woods and play all day.
At age twenty-one, Jim decided to join the army with one of his very good friends LeRoy. He traveled across the United States twice and was in Germany and Italy. Jim grew up shooting and hunting, he was asked by a lot of upper Lieutenants, Generals and Captains to participate in the Southern European Task Force Skeet team. He said he showed up shooting with them one day and outshot all of them and so that was how he got asked to be a part of the team.
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After Jim got out of the service he figured he'd seen everything he wanted to see overseas but still wanted to see the states, so Jim went on a walk about and he had eleven jobs and held one for six months building water towers. Jim was united in marriage to Nancy Anderson on June 9, 1963 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mason City. He tried farming, and then he did a lot of tiling in the area and building the city sewers. He put in all of Rockford city sewers with a backhoe. Nancy would always say Jim was vagabond, they moved everywhere.
Other than working on farms, one of his first jobs was a machinist at Mason City Foundry. Jim would say that growing up he wanted to be a tool and die maker and he became one. Jim started up Hydra-tech Industries in Rockford in 1986, which is now known as North Iowa Fabrication. At one time or another all of his kids worked for him with this business. The original concept of the company was building hydraulic cylinders for the OEM and aftermarket industry. His company relocated to Swaledale, Iowa in 1989. It was not until 1996 when the company purchased its first laser; the name was then changed to North Iowa Fabrication. In 1991, it was determined that a larger building was needed to take on the growth of the company was experiencing. The new building was erected in Rockford directly below Jim and Nancy's home.
One of Jim's most cherished moments in his life was raising kids and grandkids. When asked what the key to a long marriage was, he'd answer, “raising kids and keeping the family together.” He enjoyed reminiscing about stories of his kids and grandkids over the years.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Sliger of Mason City; four children, Tawni Sliger of Mason City, Todd (Linda) Sliger of Nora Springs, James (Jen) Sliger of Nora Springs and Steve (Val) Sliger of Rockford; ten grandchildren, Stefan, Linnea, Tony, Rugby, Remington, James “JD”, Morgan, Caitlin Sliger, Mikayla (Steven) Wyborny and Cassidy (Casey) Harris; great-granddaughter, Teagan Harris; brother, Robert (Sandy) Sliger; sister, Beverly (Roger) Gealow and numerous extended family members.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Lyle and Lois Ila Sliger; three sisters, Alyce Lindquist, Roberta Blake and Cleta Haugen; infant son, Darren Sliger and infant great-granddaughter, Addison Wyborny.
Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd Street NE, Mason City.641-423-2372.
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