BURLINGTON, Iowa — A kind, gentle, loving soul has passed away who enriched our lives. Dr. James J. Kivlahan, 85, of Burlington, died at 7:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born Sept. 30, 1931, in Highland Park, Mich., he was the son of Henry Damien and Margaret Foley. On Oct. 27, 1962, he married Lorena Louise Hillebrand at St. Norberts Church in Inkster, Mich.
Jim was a Board Certified Medical Doctor with specialties of a surgeon and general practitioner for 51½ years. He installed the first pace maker in Burlington in 1964 with Dr. Robert Todd. He made house calls until he was 84. He retired in 2015. He was also the past medical director of Des Moines County Health Department, Des Moines County Jail, and A.D.D.S. He was also the Psych Director for Burlington Medical Center and was the former medical director for Case Co., PPG, G.E., Champion, and Georgia Pacific.
Jim loved practicing medicine at Great River and felt privileged and honored to be of service to the people of Burlington and surrounding communities.
He graduated from Loras College in 1953 and the University of Iowa Medical School in 1957. He was a medical intern at Wayne County Hospital in Wayne, Mich. He served in Korea as a Captain in the Medical Corp. He did his general surgeon residency at Wayne County Hospital from 1960 to 1964 and then moved to Burlington.
He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Southeastern Iowa Round Table Civil War Group as one of the founding members and a former member of the Burlington Golf Club. He enjoyed traveling, golf, reading biographies and Civil War reenactment.
Survivors include his wife, Lorena; five daughters, Lori “Laura” Kivlahan of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Margaret (Tom) Herman of La Habra, Calif., Jane (Joe) Best of Eden Prairie, Minn., Kathy (David) Suarez of Burlington, and Annie (Marcus) Powell of New London; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Alice (Robert) Stenander of Galesburg, Ill., Joanne (Richard) Boudreau of La Crosse, and Sister Mary Kivlahan, O.S.F. of Dubuque; one brother, Henry (Patricia) Kivlahan Jr. of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, John Francis Kivlahan.
A Mass of the Resurrection was Friday, Sept. 8, at Divine Mercy Parish. Burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Burlington with full military honors.
His sister Joanne of La Crosse said the good he did in his life is immeasurable and inspirational.
I will never again see his likes.