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Reverend James “Jim” Iwig

December 26, 2019

Rev. James “Jim” Herbert Iwig, 85, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Asbury Park in Newton, KS, surrounded by his loving family.  Jim was born May 15, 1934 in Hillsboro, KS to Rev. Herbert and Ethel (Jones) Iwig.

On November 21, 1964, Jim was united in marriage with Myrna Dodd in Esbon, KS.  Devoted partners in all aspects of life, they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  Together they raised three children Kristin Weathersbee (husband Roger), Michelle Iwig-Harmon (husband Marcel), Scott Iwig (wife Heidi).  They also dote on their six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Robert, Connor, Amara, Lydia, Charles, Gabriel, Lilly and Rainier.

Jim graduated from Longford Rural High School in 1952 and North Central College in Naperville, IL in 1956.  Ordained as an Elder in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1960, he completed his Master of Divinity at The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, IL in 1972.  Jim and Myrna served EUB and United Methodist churches in Oregon (MO), Naperville (IL), Hesston, Newton, Goodland, Ulysses and Wichita.  Jim also served two years in the Kansas West Conference Office and six years as District Superintendent in Dodge City, KS.

Jim spent many joyful hours tending his garden and oil painting.  He and Myrna lived their passion for meeting new people and experiencing varied cultures by traveling extensively in the US and abroad, including ministry exchanges in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Jim also spent time in the Holy Land for an extension of his studies.

Jim will be warmly remembered for his hearty laugh and his genuine compassion and kindness.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Ethel, his brother Paul Iwig, and his sister Carolyn Forney.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Friday, January 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton, KS.  Family will receive friends at a lunch following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to McCurdy Ministries or Trinity Heights Respite Care.  Cards and condolences may be sent care of Petersen Family Funeral Services or to 4313 Goldfield St., Lawrence, KS 66049.

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13 thoughts on “Reverend James “Jim” Iwig

  1. Rev Iwig was a much caring man. He helped our family throuth deaths and as a general supporter, He baptised one of my children and was always a positive caring man.May God bless his family and friends with memories. Prayers to his family and friends Pastor Cheryl Bolt Mickey

  2. Thinking of the Iwig family. I remember Jim serving at the Ulysses UMC fondly & appreciated his welcoming attitude as the pastor there.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss, Kristin, Michelle, Scott and families. Jim was one of my favorite “bosses” at the church and I have never forgotten how patient and kind he was to me. My thoughts are also with your Mother – she is very special.
    God bless her and all of you.

  4. We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Rev. Iwig. He was a great man and a great minister. We will always remember him. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

  5. May his family be wrapped in the loving arms of their Savior as they send their loved one home. Peace be with you all.

  6. Reverend Iwig helped me get through a difficult time after losing my husband 20 years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they go through this difficult time.

  7. Scott Iwig, I’m so sorry for your loss and that if all your family. As I progressed in ministry after East Heights, seems I came across many mentions of your dad in writing and verbally, all with the highest praise. I hope your memories bring you much comfort and peace.

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