In memory of

James "Jim" Galbraith

April 17, 1935 - December 14, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
James "Jim"  Galbraith

James "Jim" Galbraith

Born: April 17, 1935
Died: December 14, 2020
Age: 85
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   Jim Galbraith, age 85, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. James Allan Galbraith was born on April 17, 1935, to parents Robert and Florence (Deming) Galbraith in Sac City. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church in Sac City where he was a dedicated, life-long member. Jim lived in Sac City all of his life. He attended country school which later moved to town and he graduated from Sac City High School with the Class of 1953.

   On April 8, 1961, Jim married the love of his life, Ann Linquist in the Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, IA. This union was blessed with two children, Robert and Mary. Jim and Ann raised their family on the same family farm Jim had lived on since 1939, just east of town.

   Jim farmed all of his life. He farmed the land and raised cattle and hogs. On the farm you could also find sheep, chickens, and a variety of other animals. He loved being outside in the warmer months tending to things. Jim was what you would call a ‘social gardener’…he always planted a garden and loved sharing all the produce he grew with his family and friends. He was a social guy that thoroughly enjoyed making his daily stops at area businesses for coffee. He was a friend to all and will certainly be missed by the community he so loved.

   Jim served as District Commissioner for Sac County Soil Conservation for twenty-two years. He and Ann were known for hosting annual tree sales through the conservation program on their farm. He was a member of the Lions Club, an organization which he held near and dear to his heart. Jim was a very active member of his church as mentioned above. He held many offices and served as a Deacon and Elder. Anything the church needed, if Jim was able to provide, he did.

   Jim was a hardworking, devoted and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was so very proud of his children and grandchildren and all of their achievements. He will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved him.

   Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ann Galbraith of Sac City; son Rob Galbraith of Sac City; daughter Mary (Benny) Gaffney of Altoona, IA; grandchildren: Nikki (Riley) Auna of Fridley, MN, Alexandra Galbraith of Minneapolis, MN, Henry, Avery and Sloane Gaffney of Altoona, IA; great-grandchildren Brynn, Grant and Josie Auna; sister Ruth Ellen Smith of Sac City; sister-in-law Doneta Linquist of Sac City; many other extended family members and friends.

   Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Florence Galbraith; parents-in-law Edwin and Matilda Linquist; siblings: Arlene (Leo) Willadson, Gerald (JoAnn) Galbraith, Merle (Phyllis) Galbraith, LeRoy (Ruth) Galbraith; brothers-in-law Merlyn Smith and Lawrence Linquist; sister-in-law Ruth Linquist.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 812 Audubon Street, Sac City, IA 50583.

Tribute Video
7:30 p.m., Friday
December 18, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Reverend Missy Brown
5:00-7:30 p.m., Friday
December 18, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa 50583
Cedar Cemetery
Rural Sac City, Iowa


Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:36 PM
“Jim was a fine church man. He always had a ready smile. I will remember that he introduced me to the garbage can feed. He will be missed.”
- David Dornack
Friday, January 1, 2021 at 11:05 AM
“I offer my most sincere condolenses. He was such a great guy. Another one of those '53 ers . Betty H.”
- Betty Foster Heideman
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss. We've been thinking about all of you and praying for peace and comfort on this journey.”
- Angie/Dave Stuecker
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“Prayers & sympathy at this sad time!! ”
- Jan & Bill Engler
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“Condolences to Ann and the rest of the family. I will always remember Jim as a Commissioner on the Sac County Soil & Water Conservation District Board. He was chairman many of our years together and always stopped in the office regularly to visit with all of the staff and then offer his help on any of the outreach or other activities. Those years he often hosted the annual tree sale program and worked hard to care for and distribute the trees. May the fond memories and prayers of family and friends ease the sorrow of his passing.”
- Lane Collins
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“Our sympathies to the family. He will be missed.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“"Uncle" Jim was a practical, fun loving, Iowa small town farm guy with a Big Heart ! He consistently greeted you individually with a warm and friendly greeting wanting to genuinely feel "Welcome" and good about yourself for joining in the get together gathering whatever the occasion. He had a "Good Natured" personality with a genuine smile, warm handshake and personal greeting with a genuine caring outreach. I think and believe this comes from Christian character and values and teachings he learned and incorporated in his life that Jesus taught us from an early age through a FAITH walk in life with the Lord whom he joined this week passing on from this life on Earth to Heaven now. We ( I ) will certainly miss him, for sure, He was fun and good to know and he was Family ! God Bless and Take Care ! All the family and friends ! Keep the FAITH !”
- Bradley Smith
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
- Linda Ritchie
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“So sorry for your loss...thoughts and prayers for all of you ”
- Ron and Cindy WIlliams
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- David Stanzel
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM
“We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We will miss our visits with Jim here & there in town. He was a very good neighbor & a fellow classmate in Sac highschool. You all have our deepest sympathy! ”
- Ed and Mairlys Rehm
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and you family
- Linda RENZE
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:49 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Jim was the best Uncle anyone could ask for, he will be greatly missed.”
- Gerald Galbraith
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