In Memory

James W. Gifford

James W. Gifford

James W. Gifford, 68


POSTED: April 2, 2009

PLANO - James William Gifford, 68, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Marshalltown, died March 31, 2009.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. on April 3 at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, in Allen, Texas 75013, with Reverend Danny Buster officiating. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home in Frisco at their convenience on Thursday to pay their respects and to sign the register book. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, visit

He was born on March 5, 1941, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Rachel Maxine (Burnett) and James Benjamin Gifford. On June 10, 1962, James married Judith Ann Wilson in Marshalltown, Iowa. He served in the United States Navy and worked for Lennox Air Conditioning and Heating.

James is survived by his children: Kim (Mike) Coleman of Lewisville, Texas, Jodi (Stephen) Haas of Frisco, Texas, Dan (Amanda) Gifford of Abilene, Texas, and Bret Gifford of Lewisville, Texas; grandchildren: Clayton Coleman, Chase Abshier, Jacob Gifford and Benjamin Gifford.

James is preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ann Gifford; parents, Rachel and James Gifford; and a sister, Marsha Gifford.


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03/31/09 10:23 PM #1    

Sharon K. (Chuckie) Dougan (Peterson)

Deceased Classmate: James W. Gifford
Date Deceased: March-31-2008
Age at Death: 68
Cause of Death:
Classmate City: Plano
Classmate State: TX
Classmate Country:
Survived By: Dan, Brent, Kim, Jody and several grandchildren

A good friend of mine since childhood. Have kept in contact through the years.
Submitted by Wayne Helfer

04/02/09 03:30 PM #2    

Judy Noid (Seffinga)

Jim was married to Judy Wilson Gifford, who passed away several years ago. Jim was employed by Lennox Industries his entire career, first in Marshalltown, then Plano, Texas. He enjoyed bass fishing in his spare time. He enjoyed his amily and couldn't get enough of his grandkids.

There will be a family service at the cemetary Friday, April 3, 2009 in McAllen, Texas. Memorials should be directed to the National Lung Association.

This was submitted by Wayne Helfer, a childhood friend, who have kept in touch over the years.

04/10/09 09:30 AM #3    

Karen R. Swartz (Weltzin)

He went to Woodbury grade school with us. We attended the youth fellowship at the Grace EUB church. Many happy memories of those days....... the days when throwing a hot potatoe in a circle of friends was fun.....ha! Jim always had a smile. and Judy was his love... I always hoped we see him here at a reunion.

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