Jim passed away peacefully on January 25th. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to James and Rita Yacknow he had lived in Reno for the past 43 years.
As a young man Jim excelled in athletics. He graduated from Benedictine High School in Cleveland as class valedictorian and also earned All-Ohio honors in both football and baseball. After receiving numerous scholarship offers he choose to attend the University of Notre Dame. Jim played two season for the University football team before signing to play professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians. In 1967 Jim played for the class A affiliate Reno Silver Sox and then promoted to play for the AA Waterbury Indians. After his playing career had ended he then went on to become the General Manager for the Reno Silver Sox. In 1973 he then joined Sierra Pacific Power Company were he would work for over 36 years and had recently retired.
Although Jim had many accomplishments in his life his greatest gift and joy was his family. He was kind and gentle. A big man that could never say no and the best Papa a grandchild could have. He will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his wife Ann Yacknow of Reno, son Willie (Susan) Yacknow of Fairlawn, OH., daughter Libby (Dan) Lawson of Pryor, Okla., and grandchildren Benjamin, Anna, Sara Ann, Rachael, Gracie and Danny.
The family would also like to express a very warm and heartfelt thank you to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital and Life Care Center of Reno. A private family service will be held and in lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Joshua L. Anderson memorial foundation P.O. Box 19298 Reno, Nv. 89511.