Jim (James) Jon Aden was born September 17, 1965 at Fort Dodge Regional Hospital to Jon and Gloria Aden. He grew up his whole life on his family’s farm doing what all farm boys do: taking on fun adventures and helping farm. He attended Palmer Consolidated Schools, graduating in 1984 and then attended Western Iowa Tech obtaining his Computer Programming degree. He lived in Rogers, Arkansas, where he worked and enjoyed expanding his circle of friends before returning to Iowa. He then worked at Heartland Communications and Frontier in Fort Dodge and installed DISH network on the side. Although Jim would always help his dad farm when and wherever needed, he eventually began farming full-time with his dad until present.
Jim made the most important decision of his life when he was 10 years old and accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior. The rest of his life was dedicated to showing people the love of Jesus – through his conversation and actions – everyone that had the privilege of knowing Jim knew he loved Jesus and that he wanted everyone to know his Jesus.
Although they met before in 1988, Jim was ‘reintroduced’ to Susan Ames in 2017 and began dating. She won him over heart and soul. Susan is Jesus’ greatest gift to Jim. She was an answer to Jim’s and his family’s prayers and loved Jim with unconditional love. They were the perfect fit for each other and complimented each other completely.
Jim had many passions in his life. He was a charter member of Faith Community Church and enjoyed serving and taking part in many activities there as his church family meant very much to him. Jim went on many missions’ trips and always came home with an even softer heart than he went with. He taught VBS for years and loved pouring into those kids with his sense of humor and love for them. He loved music and had a great voice. He got his first motorcycle (a yellow Honda 70) in third grade and continued enjoying riding both dirt bikes and street bikes. Camping was always something he loved doing with his special group of camping buddies as they would grill, talk, bike, talk, boat, talk, and sit around the campfires laughing and sharing. He also loved his ’69 Mustang and treated it with the utmost respect.
Jim was the favorite and coolest uncle and his nephews and nieces had many hidden and secret adventures together. He was a sweet, teasing, fun, protective, dedicated, and loving brother to his sisters and son to his parents. He often commented on how blessed he was that not only was his family his family but also his best friends. And that was truly the case – there was truly a very special bond between them all.
He loved visiting with people and had a special knack for teasing them, drawing them in, and finding out their “story”. He made everyone feel special as he truly cared and touched them with his kind and gentle soul. His sweet spirit mixed with his ridiculous sense of humor and ability to see the best in people allowed Jim to be a friend to all.
One of Jim’s greatest honors and passions was leading youth group at Faith. He loved spending time really getting to know the high schoolers and loved to listen and minister to them. It was always his desire to go into ministry and, even though he never had an official ‘job’ in ministry, his whole life was certainly a ministry in itself as he reflected Christ and touched so many people, drawing people to the Lord. It would not be unusual to end a phone call or visit by asking if he could pray with you. He continued this even more so throughout his illness as he would often end his encounters and visits with the nurses and doctors by praying with and for them.
Jim took his last earthly breath at Paula J. Baber Hospice Home with Susan and his sisters singing, cheering, and loving him on as he ran the final length of his race on earth and entered his forever home.
Jim is survived by Susan (fiancé) aka GooglyBear/Sweetpea and her daughters Brittany and Emily (Tanner), parents: Jon and Gloria, sisters: Julie (Gregg), Jeanne (Troy), and Amy (Brian). Nieces and nephews: Nick (Lindsay), Luke (Courtney), Hope (Sam), Brittany (Morghan), Blake (Paige), Jaci, Brooke, Trent, Jaden, Faith, Ryan, and Carson and eight great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by or should we say ‘he survived’ his posse of best friends: Matt, Joe, Troy, and Dave. He is also survived by his camping family (you know who you are).
He was welcomed into heaven by his oldest sister, Lillie Ann; grandpas and grandmas: Henry & Margaret Aden and Eldon & Marie Anderson, and his Uncle Duane. Excitedly awaiting his arrival to continue their crazy shenanigans are his other best friends: John Dodgen, Curt Abens (Gus), and Jim Ewing (U-Bear).
Jim was certainly greeted into heaven by Jesus saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:23
Jim's family would like any memorials to be given to Twin Lakes Bible Camp in his name.
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