James "Jim" Garland Hornbeck was born on March 12, 1948 in Logan, Iowa, and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 28, 2021. He graduated from Logan-Magnolia High School in 1966 and Wayne State College in 1970. He earned his Master's Degree from Drake University in 1993. Quintessentially Iowa, Jim first met Connie Adams, his wife of 36 years, in 1970, when Jim was Connie's supervisor while detasseling corn. They began dating in 1981, and four years later, they blended their families, Jim, with Shelly and Shad, and Connie, with Jessica, in marriage. Together they had one daughter, Phoebe Jo in 1987. Jim taught for 38 years at Missouri Valley Community Schools. He taught middle school English before transferring to the high school in 1991. He taught thousands of students the importance of adverb clauses, direct objects, and infinitives. He taught his students the story of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and pushed his students to go beyond where they even thought they could go. He was an avid reader and writer himself, writing two unpublished fantasy novels. Many students will remember his quick wit in the classroom and that "Mr. Hornbeck" suffered no fools. Another of Jim's great loves was sports. He instilled this love and passion for sports in his family and four children. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was a rare fan in that he had equal love and passion for both the Iowa State Cyclones and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and, of course, any team that played against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Jim shared his passion for sports with so many others. He began coaching in 1970 and coached junior high girls' basketball and track for over 40 years. Being a former hurdler and basketball player himself, Jim impressed upon his athletes the importance of fundamentals, sometimes going to extraordinary lengths. Jim still holds the school record at Logan Magnolia High School with 29 rebounds in one game. In 1986, Jim and Connie started C.J. Futures' Lawn and Landscaping from a closet in their basement. Over the years, they've employed hundreds of people and served thousands of customers in their community. When Jim wasn't teaching or coaching, you could find him mowing Bethel Cemetery, among others, with his good friends and a Coors Light in his hand. Jim is survived by his wife, Connie, his children Shelly (Jason) Ross, Shad Hornbeck, Jessica Bradford (Xavier), and Phoebe (Emil) Gearhart, five grandchildren Savanna, Greylan, Elena, Emma and Atticus, and his sister Phyllis Kersten of Iowa and brothers Larry (Shirley) of Colorado, Bob of Texas, Dennis (Susan) of Iowa, and Jon (Becky) of Nebraska, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Gee, and his mother, Kathryn, stepfather, Calvin Harris, brother Garry, stepbrother James Harris, brother-in-law James Kersten and sister-in-law Susan Hornbeck. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, IA. Funeral Service 11 a.m., Monday, August 2, 2021 St. Patrick's Catholic Church Missouri Valley.
Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Jul. 31, 2021.