Madison - James R. "Jim" Boyles, age 67 passed away at Agrace HospiceCare on Thursday, June 26, 2014 embracing the hand of his wife and soul mate, Sherri. Jim fought three courageous months battling cancer.

He was born on June 1, 1947 in Madison, the son of Floyd and Dora Boyles. In 1966, Jim graduated from Madison East High School. He then proudly enlisted in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969, serving during the Vietnam War as a Specialist 5 Medic. On June 12, 1971, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Sherri Breunig at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Madison. For 31 years, Jim worked as a Building Custodian for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Jim had a kind heart and was a wonderful husband and father. He was considered, "The best Pop!" Jim was a good Christian man who loved the Lord with all his heart. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sherri Boyles; two daughters, Heidi Jo Boyles and Rebecca Boyles; a sister-in-law, Holly (Steven) Markley; niece and God-daughter, Sara (Ryan) Capadona; nephew, Ben (girlfriend Jen Zahrt) Markley; four sisters, and his three kitty companions, Joey, Sammy and Azrael.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Margaret Breunig, his grandson, Mason James Mickelson, his parents and two brothers; Gilbert Boyles and Richard Pierce.

Funeral services will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 E. Washington Ave., Madison on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11:00 am with Pastor Kevin Phillips officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:00 am until the time of service. Graveside services with Military honors will be held following the funeral at Roselawn Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare Inpatient Unit for all their care and compassion given to Jim and our family.