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James Hirons


James Lee Hirons, 67, of Marion, went to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, 4200 First Ave. NE, in Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service.

Jim was born June 20, 1950, the son of Malcolm and Rose (Page) Hirons, in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

On Feb. 9, 1974, he married Karen Brancato in Elgin, Illinois. Jim and Karen are the owners of Foot Solutions in Cedar Rapids.

Jim believed in the Lord and lived out his faith in many leadership roles with the Boy Scouts, Creston Chamber of Commerce, churches and Kiwanis in the communities where he has lived. He was the Creston Kmart manager from 1987 to 1994. He greatly enjoyed fishing and airplanes. More than anything, Jim loved his wife and family. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Hirons; children, Stacy (Dan) Baker, Michael (Leslie) Hirons and Tom Hirons; grandchildren, Rebekah, Joanna, Miriam, Annabel, Jacob and Emily; sisters, Debra (Steve) Mescher, Jill (Robert) Lang and Bonnie (Tony) Jones; sister-in-law Jean (Lane) Strickland; brothers-in-law, Chuck (Carol) Brancato and Rusty Thompson and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Meda Thompson. 

Memorials may be directed to Christian Evangelistic Mission at in memory of Jim. 

Online condolences may be directed to the family at

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