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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
2:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Funeral Services: Will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357. A luncheon will immediately follow the graveside services at the church. Pastor Melinda Stonebraker will officiate the service. The Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lambfuneralhomes.com.
Open Visitation: Will be held at the Greenfield United Methodist Church on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Greenfield United Methodist Church.
Memorials: A memorial fund will be established by the family at a later date.
Jim Lisk passed away August 28th, 2023, at his home after 92 years full of life. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, and friend, and it is an honor to celebrate his life.
Jim was born July 18th, 1931, to Carl Herbert Lisk and Lucille Eleanor (Wardlaw) Lisk in Pickrell, Nebraska. The Lisk family moved to Iowa and lived in the Hebron area where Jim attended several rural schools. The family moved to Greenfield in 1943, and Jim graduated from Greenfield High School in 1949.
After high school, Jim worked at Fullerton Lumberyard in Greenfield for a year, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1950 at the start of the Korean War. He was assigned to duty at Subic Bay in the Philippines and had many fond memories of his time in the service. Jim was honorably discharged in 1954 and received the National Defense, United Nations, China Service, and Good Conduct medals.
After returning home from the service, Jim enrolled at Iowa State University in the fall of 1954, majoring in pre-engineering. He married Joanne Mitchell Warnick on June 26th, 1955. Three children were born to this happy union: Gene, Doug, and Judy. Jim managed Fullerton Lumberyard in Wahoo, Nebraska, for several years before purchasing Lisk Construction Company from his dad and returning with his family to Greenfield in 1963. In August 1973 Joanne passed away, and this changed everyone’s lives tremendously.
Jim married Myra Rowedder on August 23rd, 1975, and they welcomed one daughter, Kristen. They purchased 7 acres and a 1914 2-story home with farm buildings outside of Greenfield. They lived there for 41 years and then downsized to a house in Greenfield in 2016.
Jim had a 60-year-long construction career. He worked on almost every business in Greenfield and built and remodeled many homes. He loved to visit friends and family throughout the U.S., and he had special trips to England, Egypt, and Germany.
Jim enjoyed reading, puzzles, playing cards, visits, friends, and family. The Bowling Alley coffee group was a favorite place to spend time with good friends. He had fun reminiscing with his Wardlaw cousins at yearly reunions. He loved sharing memories, local history, and family stories, and he felt lucky to have lived a full and happy life.
Jim was an active member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church. He spent many years ushering, attending Sunday school and services, and volunteering; he appreciated the friendship of the congregation. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean, brothers Norm and Harold (Burr), and first wife Joanne.
Jim was one of a kind and will be missed by all who loved him. Wife Myra, children Gene (Lisa), Doug, Judy (Julian), and Kristen (Clay), along with 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.