James R. "Jim" Kisling

Jul 27, 2019
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Celebration of Life: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo


One hour prior to services at Locke Funeral Home


A private family burial service will take place at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo


If you wish to make a memorial gift, please donate to your favorite charity in Jim's name.


James R. “Jim” Kisling, 62, of Waterloo, died suddenly Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital (MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center) in Waterloo.

He was born February 21, 1957 in Fairfield, Iowa, son of Glenn R. and Neva E. Moore Kisling. Jim married the love of his life, Roberta A. Frickson, on September 27, 1986 in Evansdale; Roberta preceded him in death October 6, 1989.

As a young man, Jim was an avid stock car racer and raced for many years at Tunis Speedway in Waterloo. Jim worked in the trucking industry most of his adult life going from hauling grain for Jerry Steward to contract interstate U.S. Mail, independent owner operator, and ended his career back with Steward, hauling oil. Jim was genuine friend to many, and good neighbor who was always ready to lend a hand.

Jim is survived by three brothers, Allen (Mary Schick) Kisling of Phoenix, AZ, Lee (Lori Wetterlin) Kisling of Hudson, WI, and Russell Kisling of Melbourne, IA; and five nieces and nephews, Julianne, Christopher, Jeffrey, Jackson, and Muriel.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Roberta; and a brother, Dean Kisling.

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  1. Judy Frickson Rinnels | Oct 13, 2019
    Jim was married to my Niece Roberta,he   and Roberta were such a cute and happy  couple they were both there for me  When my son Caleb was born their happy times together ended all to soon now they are together with Caleb again living as a   Happy Family I know he is there with Jim and Roberta I feel a lil peace knowing this. Jim always had a smile and knew so many things he was such a talented and Bright  man, as well as a good friend. TheyJust don’t make men like Jim anymore. 
  2. David Wach | Aug 29, 2019
    This comes as a shock. I knew Jim back during his Tunis days. (He even lent me his fire suit so my brother Jim and I could compete.) We just recently got up to date when he stopped by the house. It was an enjoyable time as we sat and talked mostly about the old times. Our next meeting was at the funeral of a mutual friend. Most recently I sold him a book on the history of Tunis Speedway. Jim was a very friendly person. Easy to talk too and joke with. I'm really going to miss our rekindled friendship. 

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