James Edwin Tolle
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James Edwin Tolle
  • July 26, 1933 - February 21, 2015
  • Coal Valley, Illinois

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James Edwin "Jim" Tolle, age 81 of Coal Valley, formerly of New Smyrna Beach, FL, died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at UnityPoint Health Trinity, Rock Island.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, with military honors bestowed by American Legion Posts 569 and 200 and VFW Post 1303. Memorials may be made to the Rock Island County Animal Shelter, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, or to a charity of your choice.

James was born on July 26, 1933 in Rock Island, the son of Virgil and Alice (Upham) Tolle. He served during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Navy. On June 29, 1985, he married his true love, Sharon Close in Coal Valley.

Jim worked at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring on February 3, 1988 as a supervisor in small arms manufacturing. Upon retirement, he and Sharon moved to Florida, living there for 26 years until illness brought him back to the Quad Cities. In his free time, he enjoyed surf fishing, woodworking, scroll and wood turning, making pens, and was very involved in obedience shows with his poodles, especially his best buddy, Tester.

Jim was a member of the AF & AM, Trio Lodge 57, Milan, Scottish Rite, Moline, and the Tabala Shrine, Rockford, IL. He also belonged to the USS Macon Veterans Association, the US Navy Cruisers Sailor Association, and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Survivors (and spouses) include his wife Sharon, Coal Valley; cousins, Shirley (Dick) Knight, Pensacola, FL, Jay (Kerry) Jacobs, California, Jeff (Kathy) Jacobs, New York, and David (Pam) Dooley, Bettendorf.

His parents, and cousins, Beverly Carlin, and Russell Dooley, preceded Mr. Tolle in death.

Condolences and memories may be shared at hodgsonfuneralhome.com.