D. "Jim" Moriearty
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[September 17, 2017]
James D. (Jim) Moriearty , 94, of Lincoln, passed
away on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Following his
wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life service
from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday September 24, 2017 at The
Lincoln Elk’s Club.
James D. (Jim) Moriearty , 94, of Lincoln died
peacefully on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at The
Christian Village with his family by his side. He
was born September 22, 1922 in Lincoln, the eldest
son of James D. and Lucille (Carson) Moriearty. He
married Frances Jones on August 15, 1942. She passed
away on January 21, 1983.
Jim graduated as co-valedictorian from Lincoln
Community High School and attended Lincoln College.
In January of 1943 he enlisted in in the U.S. Army
Air-Corps. He was deployed in the China-Burma-India
campaign in World War II, where he served in Third
Combat Cargo Squadron in the Central Burma campaign
and was awarded three Bronze Service Stars. He was a
member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the
After his discharge as a Sergeant in January of 1946
he returned to Lincoln, where he completed training
as a licensed insurance broker. As an independent
agent he established the Moriearty Insurance Agency,
which he led for well over 50 years, providing all
types of coverage to businesses and families
throughout Logan County and beyond. He is remembered
by many of his former clients and other Lincoln
residents for his support and assistance in times of
difficulty and loss. He was active as an officer in
the Lincoln Kiwanis Club for many years, and as a
volunteer instructor with local Boy Scout Troop 102.
With an active and inquiring mind, Jim was an avid
reader and long-time supporter of public television.
He loved music, particularly Irish folk music, jazz
and the blues.
He also loved nature and travel. With his children
and grandchildren, he toured in his motor home
throughout the western United States and Canada and
deep into Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. He also made
trips abroad with family members and friends to the
British Isles, Spain, France, Italy, and Cuba.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Dr. Pamela
Moriearty of Lincoln, son Scott Moriearty (Yolanda
Kodrzycki) of Cambridge, Mass., grandchildren James
Grimaldi (Jennifer) of Lincoln, Lane Grimaldi
(Angela) of Mahomet, Perry Moriearty (Kyle Hofmann)
of Minneapolis, and Eleanor Moriearty of New York
City, and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving
are siblings Jacqueline Simpson of Lincoln, Marjorie
Poffenbarger of Morton and Michael Moriearty of
Lincoln, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He
was preceded in death by his parents and by seven
siblings, Patricia, Sue, Carolyn, Norman, John,
David and Stephanie.
Following his wishes, cremation rites will be
accorded by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Homes.
Private family burial and a public Celebration of
Life memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, Creekside Outdoor Center for
Environmental Education (Lincoln College), Doctors
Without Borders, the Lincoln Public Library, or The
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