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Jim Elliker

James Shirl Elliker, 50, son of Shirl and Gay Elliker, died on Tuesday evening, August 30, 2016, in a private plane crash in Sparks, Nevada.

At 50, Jim said that he was happier than he had ever been in his life, and this last year was his best one yet. His kids are healthy and successful. He was proud of them. He was a new grandpa. His business, Victory Woodworks, was thriving. He was wildly in love with his wife.

Anyone who knew him knew the real Jim. Whether at home or at work, golfing, or playing racquetball, he was the same. He valued his honor above anything else. He lived by his dad's example—work hard, do what you say you will, support your family, and think of yourself last.

He earned his Eagle Scout award at 14 and carried his love of scouting into adulthood. Jim passed just four months after his best friend, Brandon Allen, and some of their fondest memories with one another and most entertaining stories came from their time as scout leaders together.

As a kid Jim raced soap box derby cars, played baseball, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad. A true Nevada boy, he carried on that outdoor tradition with his own young family.

From an early age, generosity was an integral part of Jim's character. His favorite hobby was spoiling his wife and kids. His happiness arose from their delight and satisfaction.

An entrepreneur since elementary school where he marked up bubble gum for a tidy profit, Jim was the co-founder and owner of Victory Woodworks, a millwork company headquartered in Sparks, Nevada. He saw his employees as Victory's most precious asset and dedicated himself to creating a company culture where his people felt individually valued and at home.

Despite his success, Jim remained humble. He was always trying to be better. He asked for feedback and never took criticism personally. He continually course-corrected to become a better dad. He studied how to be a better boss. He was naturally the best husband.

Jim was preceded in death by his dad, Shirl, his niece, Callie, and his nephew, Tyler. He is survived by his wife, Megan, his four children—Katelynn, 25, Dustin James, 22, Jocelyn, 15, and Benjamin Lee, 10—his grandson, Luke, his mom, Gay, and his sisters, DiAnn, Janet, Laura, and Linda.

He lived to give. His company was his pride. His family was his passion. Play was important and work was his habit. While missing him is our new norm, the best way we can honor Jim's memory is in living happy and taking care of each other. We will try. In Jim we had the best example.

The family will hold a memorial service at 11AM on Wednesday, September 7, at the LDS church at 2955 Rock Blvd, Sparks, Nevada 89431. Flowers can be sent to Walton's Sparks Funeral Home in Sparks, Nevada.




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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Sep. 3 to Sep. 6, 2016.
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September 9, 2016
Jim, rest in peace my friend.
I was shocked to receive the news from my friends at Red Hawk that Jim had passed away in a tragic accident.
My deepest sympathies to Jim's family, friends and the staff at Victory Woodworks.
What a great bloke to be around!
He will be missed but never forgotten.
Greg Andrew
September 9, 2016
Greg Andrew
September 9, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Greg Andrew
September 9, 2016
Jim was a great guy. I got to know him through EO. I always enjoyed talking with him. My heart goes out to his loved ones.
Alice Heiman
September 9, 2016
We're so sorry for your loss. It was our pleasure to get to know him a little at the time of my nephew Brandon Allen's passing. Best wishes at this difficult time. We remember you in our prayers.
Mary McGary
September 8, 2016
Our hearts are so heavy to learn of Jim's passing. My husband worked for Victory off and on for several years, in the finish department. When we loss our son in 2009 Jim was a great support, and there for our family. He was so nice and funny to be around, and truly a wonderful man. We send our love and prayers for your family, and The Victory Wood Works family. All our blessings- The Sherfey family.
Stacy Sherfey
September 7, 2016
The Elliker Family,

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so proud to have known such a great, kind and caring man. He will leave wonderful memories for all to share and his genuine spirit will be missed by all.

May God Bless you and your Victory Woodworks' family.

Rob Gredvig and the RS Hughes Branch
Rob Gredvig
September 7, 2016
What a shock for you and your family. Jim truly lived a life worth copying. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. As well as draw close to God in prayer. He is a comforter of all those who mourn. He will listen to your prayers and grant you peace. My sincere condolences.
Dianna S
September 6, 2016
Dear Megan,
Our yoga class was not the same this evening as more of us are finding out and reacting to the loss you have suffered. Your references to your husband were always of love and admiration for your beloved. And it was obvious that you meant the world to him as well. We are sending you our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Love and kindness,
Your yoga buddies.
Yoga Buddies
September 6, 2016
Just knowing people like Jim
--and you made sure the world knew him, Megan-- existed in this world makes it a better world. All the wonderful things he did will continue to exist and continue to make it a better world. He left an incredible legacy and we now all carry some of this legacy in us. May he be proud of all the people he touched, and he definitely touched me through you, Megan.
Donatienne Dougherty
September 5, 2016
Dear Gay my heart goes out to you and your family. If you need anything please let us know, Pat Severt and Family
September 4, 2016
September 4

Although I had not seen Jim for several years, I met him at the Reno Airport as we were both heading for Southern Nevada. We had the greatest visit on the flight to Las Vegas as Jim shared story after story of his growing up at the same time as our children. And every story was with a big smile on his face. I learned things about my children that I did not know, all good. I have always thought of Jim as a happy person and one who enjoyed life. We will miss him.
Erik Beyer
September 4, 2016
Jim leaves a deep void in so many ways....legacy, however, will live on. He has moved on for another purpose. See you again.
Malcolm Hall
September 3, 2016
Memories of James will live on through his beloved family, friends and employees. As the spouse of one of his employees 'Bob McClain', I will always remember how he made everyone around him feel special and needed. He made Victory woodworks employees feel like family. Bob would say their relationship was close and that they felt like brothers. Bob often addressed Jim as James out of respect for his Boss. You will be so missed Jim, but our memories of you will always be with us in our hearts.
Teresa McClain
September 3, 2016
My thoughts and our prayers are sent with great love to Megan and the children, his extended family, and his Victory team. I am brokenhearted his bright light is gone from us, that wonderful smile, mischievous sense of humor, his love and generosity to others. I am so very grateful to have had him in my life, to have had such a unique, and precious friend.
Margaret Dunn
September 2, 2016
Megan, I was so sad to read about Jim's death. Although I only knew him through the fabulous things you wrote and said about him, I feel like we would have been great friends. I know he was your best friend and love of your life. There will be days of anguish yet, but you have much love for your Heavenly Father and even untapped faith that I'm sure Jim would have you use to make your days full and fulfilling. We are thinking of you and praying for you as always.
Doug and Linda Rich
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