James Patrick “Doc Jim” Fallon, 79, of Oregon, died on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at KSB Hospital, Dixon,after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1939 in Keokuk, Iowa.
He was a graduate of DeVry Institute, Chicago, a U.S. Army veteran serving as a communications specialist and first sergeant at Giessen Army Depot near Frankfurt, Germany, and a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.
He married Gloria Bain on June 22, 1968
After a career with Midwestern and Atlantic Bell systems he returned to college, eventually settled in Oregon where he practiced chiropractics from 1986 to 1998.
After his first retirement, he taught students in clinical practice at his alma mater, Palmer College of Chiropractic.
He also attained post-graduate diplomate certification in chiropractic pediatrics and provided care to many children (the youngest being two days old).
He was a member and past president of Oregon Rotary Club, a member of Knights of Columbus, a member and past president of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, and member of the International Chiropractic Association.
He took great joy and pride in mentoring new practitioners and serving the health care needs of his community.
His chiropractic practice served patients of all ages and included five generations of families.
Doc was an avid runner, having developed this passion in his 50s, and ran the Bix 7 three years in a row — with quite credible times.
He also enjoyed gardening, and was well known for being able to bring a laugh to everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Oregon; daughter, Keelie, of Chicago; sister, Colleen and brother-law Gerry, of Rock Island; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and friends who have been “adopted” as family members, many more than we have room to mention.
Especially important to his family are Jill Johnson, who worked with him at the satellite clinic in Ashton, and niece and Keelie’s godmother, Heidi Collins — both like daughters and sister to his family, as well as Pinecrest Terrace manager, Michelle Brown and her “band of angels,” who treated Jim with respect and love.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Robert; brother, Michael; and sister, Barbara.
A visitation will be held on Friday, March 22 from 5to 7:45 p.m. at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A rosary will occur at 7:35 p.m.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oregon.
A private burial will be held at a later time at Rock Island National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Pinecrest Terrace, Palmer College of Chiropractic, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave a condolence.