James A. Spoerl, 75, known as Jim to family and friends, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at the Unity Point Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines following complications from heart surgery. Visitation will be on Monday, August 22nd from 4 to 7 pm with a Masonic Service to begin at 7pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at 10:30 am, all at the Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel at 4400 Merle Hay Rd in Des Moines.
Jim was born in Marion, North Dakota to Arthur and Mildred Spoerl. He started his career in the radio industry as a radio DJ in Pipestone, MN. Jim came to Des Moines when he took a job in sales with the KSO & KIOA stations. Later Jim joined the Lessing Flynn Advertising Firm and remained with them until his retirement earlier this year.
Jim was a member of, Waveland Park Masonic Lodge #654, Des Moines Scottish Rite, honored as a 33rd Degree, and a member of Za Ga Zig Shrine. He took pride in his accomplishment in helping bring a Ronald McDonald House to Des Moines. Jim was an avid golfer, loved spending time with family and doted on his beloved dog, Skyla.
His memory will be cherished by his wife, Mary Lou, son Michael (Kris) of Altoona, daughter Meredith (Jason) Ulaszek of Downers Grove, IL, a step-daughter Heather Spong in Pella, grandchildren, Jack Spoerl, Carter, Gage & Regan Ulaszek, step-grandchildren, Jason & Ryn Stursma, Nephews, Steve (Cris) Burd of Alamo, CA, Keith (Livy) Burd of Baltimore, MD.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Elda, Step-son, Jason Spong and nephew Rick Burd. Memorials may be directed to Des Moines Consistory or the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.