James Alan Bollow

January 22, 1947 - December 27, 2018

James Alan Bollow, “Jim” 71, a resident of Wheaton, IL. passed away early Thursday morning December 27, 2018, at home, peacefully in care of Northwestern Medicine Hospice and surrounded by his loving family.  Jim was born in Aurora, IL on January 22, 1947, the son of Harry and Elinor (nee. Hughes) Bollow.  He was united in marriage to Linda Sue Page on July 29, 1976 in Batavia, IL.

Jim went after his dreams with courage, confidence and passion whose life was distinguished by his service to country, family, faith and friends. In June 1965 Jim enlisted and served his Country in the U.S. Navy and retired an E4. After serving his Country, Jim’s lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter came to fruition when Jim joined the Wheaton Fire Department becoming the FIRST full-time paid fireman for the Department. That’s right, Jim is the one to blame for those abrupt increases in your property taxes. Jim suffered a career ending injury that forced him out of the department and searching for his next career. Jim took his talents to the Village of Bloomingdale where he spent the next 25 years as their Fire-Marshal.

All through his life Jim was a loving and devoted husband to Linda and a caring father for his children. More than 40 years ago, Jim met Linda, who’s been his angel and loving companion ever since. Jim and his family liked to vacation in Florida, Nebraska and Hawaii. You could always count on Jim for a kind word or deed, a smile or good joke. He will be missed and remembered for his very full life, his friends were many.

His faith was always there to help guide him through life. Jim and Linda began their spiritual journey at St. Andrew United Methodist Church and were active members. Jim served as a Stephen’s Minister, Lay Leader and Staff Parish Leader. They continued to grow into a deeper relationship with the LORD and joined Wheaton Bible Church in 2008 where Jim served as a Gate Keeper Team Leader, Rooted Co-Leader, and participated in many other groups and Bible studies.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of forty-two years, Linda Bollow; his four children, David (Ginny) Bollow, Barbara (Duane) Kroll, Steven (Cecilia) Bollow and Keith (Lisa) Bollow; seven grandchildren, Kaitlin (Brian), Kristina, Kourtney, Morgan, Jacob, Nathan and Sofia; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Lukas, one brother John (Janet) Bollow and their children Brian (Mindy) and Aaron (Brianne) Bollow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Elinor Bollow.

Because giving to others was Jim’s passion, memorial donations and contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Northwestern Hospice, 680 East North Ave. Carol Stream, IL. 60188 and/or Bethany Christian Services,

A small, private Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 31, 2018, at Wheaton Bible Church. Interment will be held privately at West Batavia Cemetery.

Guest Book

  • Heather You were a such a great man and your family and friends will miss you greatly. You will be in great company in paradise.
  • Richard Valenta Jim was a Lieutenant when I was a young paid-on-call firefighter in Wheaton. Jim took time to teach me the skills needed to work safely as a firefighter. He encouraged me to make firefighting a career. I am proud to have worked under such a fine Fire Officer.
  • ROBERT PERRY I am the retired Deputy Fire Chief of the Carol Stream Fire Protection District. I worked with Jim on many occasions, with Wheaton and Bloomingdale. The world and the fire service lost a great person with his passing.
  • Brandt Leischner Dear Linda and family, So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I enjoyed the few years Jim and I spent working together in the BFD fire prevention bureau. Jim was was a good friend and my mentor in my early years as a fire safety inspector. He was so very proud of his family. I always saw the twinkle in his eye and a big smile when he spoke of them. I know he will be missed by his family and all who knew him as a friend. Our sincere condolences, Brandt & Sandy Leischner
  • Bill Schultz On behalf of the Wheaton Fire Department, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Bollow family. While I didn't have the opportunity to serve with Lt. Bollow, I did hear many good things about him. He definitely made a positive impact on the City of Wheaton. Thank you so much for your service and dedication. We will be sure to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Fire Chief Bill Schultz
  • Keith Boehne Keith & Sue Boehne I first met Jim when he started at Wheaton FD then worked with Jim at Bloomingdale FPD his entire career there. Jim it was an honor knowing and working with you. Rest In Peace. Keith
  • Norve Loomis I am so sorry Linda and Family for your Loss I was a Fireman with Jim in the early days of his career I was a paid on call from 1971 till being hired Full time in 1982 and retired in 2005 Many Blessings to all LOL Norve Loomis
  • The Lutzenkirchen family On behalf of my dad, Bill, our condolences to Jim's family and friends. I know dad had many fond memories of Jim as they both started in the early days of being a paid firefighter on Wheaton Fire Department.
  • Art & Kathy Eichenberger My first year as a Wheaton firefighter was the most memorable of my 30 year career thanks to my supervisor Lt. Jim Bollow. His leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm for the job was an inspiration! Thank you Jim, rest in peace
  • James Broman I'm sorry to learn of Jim's "too-early" passing. So many memories from those early days at Wheaton FD. I always appreciated and respected Jim's passion for his work and his friendship. To Linda and the entire family... I'm sorry for your loss.
  • David Hughes I remember all the good times we shared as cousins.It wasn't until as adults I became aware of how thoughtful and caring Jim had become.HIS family and faith were primary to him.Sure he has reunited with Harry & Ellie.
  • Chip Flagg Jim & Linda, Thanks for being friends in Christ. We will be keeping you and your family in our prayers. Let me know if I can be of any help. Chip & Denise Flagg Iron Grip Ministries
  • Lisa Bollow Jim, Dad -- I'm so grateful for the chance to know you and have you as my father-in-law. I appreciate everything you did for me. Your support and love meant so much to me. Rest in peace. You will be missed by so many.