"SHSI Certificate of Recognition"
"Best on the Web"

Encyclopedia Dubuque


"Encyclopedia Dubuque is the online authority for all things Dubuque, written by the people who know the city best.”
Marshall Cohen—researcher and producer, CNN

Affiliated with the Local History Network of the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Iowa Museum Association.


From Encyclopedia Dubuque
Jump to: navigation, search
WALLER, Jim. (Dubuque, IA, Feb. 17, 1934--Dubuque, IA, June 30, 2015). The son of Walter J. (Pat) Waller and Daisy (Shaw) Waller, Jim graduated from LORAS ACADEMY in 1952. Jim married Kathleen "Kay" Dougherty on October 26th, 1957. Kay proceeded Jim in death on October 3, 2003.

Jim served in the army, based in Germany from 1955-1957. He was employed at the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS from 1955 to 1993. He served as financial secretary treasurer for Local 94 UAW from 1969 to 1993. Upon his retirement, Waller ran for a position on the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors in 1992, seeking the seat held by Eldon HERRIG. Although he failed to receive 35% of the votes in the primary, Waller secured the nomination in the special Democratic convention and went on to win the election in November. He took his seat on January 1, 1993 and served until 2005. (1)

Jim was involved in many community organizations. He was on the executive board at the United Way for 30 years and served as chairman in 1997. (2) He was in charge of organizing and running the Labor Day Parade for 23 years and was considered responsible for making it the city's largest annual parade. (3) He served as board member of the American Red Cross and the Dubuque County Hospital Board of Trustees.



1. Obituaries. Dubuque Today. Online: http://www.dubuquetoday.com/obituaries.cfm

2. Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, July 2, 2015, p. 6A

2. Jacobson, Ben. "Jim Waller 'was there to help people,' " Telegraph Herald, July 3, 2015, p. 3A