James "Jim" Mayrose, 34, of Sioux Center, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Nov. 16, 2003, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
James Francis Mayrose was born in Le Mars, Iowa on June 11, 1969, to Rick (Richard) and Lynette (Fischer) Mayrose. Raised in Le Mars, Jim graduated from Le Mars Community High School with the class of 1987. Jim participated in many high school activities, excelling in track and field. In 1987, he was crowned state champion in the 800 meter sprint at the Iowa State Track Championships. Jim went on to attend the University of South Dakota where he majored in sports medicine and was a member of the track team.
On Oct. 4, 1999, he was united in marriage to Rachel (Van Dyke) Pfeil at Central Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Jim became a member of Central Reformed Church and was devoted to Christ in his own way.
While in Sioux Center, Jim was employed at Quik-To-Fix Foods and was currently employed at the Foreign Candy Company in Hull. As a logistics analyst, Jim's love of statistics and details made him well-suited at Foreign Candy where he was in charge of tracking product delivery and inventory. Jim was also currently pursuing a psychology degree at Buena Vista University.
Jim was a huge sports fan. He loved attending college and pro games and impressing his friends with his statical knowledge of various players and teams. Jim also loved meeting and visiting with new people. He had an uncanny ability to meet strangers of all walks of life and relate with them in conversation.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of four years, Rachel Mayrose of Sioux Center and their two children: Taylor and Graham; his parents: Lynette and Keith Tullis of Sioux City and Rick Mayrose of Mount Olive, N.C.; his brother, Jeremy Mayrose and Amy Dubkzek of Omaha, Neb.; his three sisters: Jennifer and Eric Fox of Merrill; Erin Tullis and Tom Wilson of Omaha, Neb., and Julia Mayrose and her fiance, Pype Watson of Mesa, Ariz.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Brenda Van Dyke of Sioux Center; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lynn and Susan Van Dyke of Sioux Center, Dave and Vicki Van Dyke of Sioux City, Paula and Heath Oostenink of Hull, Jami and Chad Vollmecke of Waukee; grandmothers Mary Fischer of Nashua, Helen Mayrose of Le Mars, Marguarite Tullis of Hinton, June Van Dyke of Sanborn and Katherine Van Der Vliet of Sioux Center; along with aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Jim was preceded in death by Rachel's mother, Ellen Van Dyke; a nephew, Craig Van Dyke; grandparents: Ellis and Betty Rietsma; grandfathers, Francis "Fritz" Mayrose, James Fischer, Lloyd Tullis, John Van Dyke and Ed Van Der Vliet.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Central Reformed Church of Sioux Center with the Rev. R. Van Rathbun officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery of Sioux Center. Visitation will be today (Tuesday) from 2 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home of Sioux Center.