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James L. Sperfslage

November 27, 1944 - June 10, 2021

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James L. Sperfslage, 76, of Ankeny, IA, passed away June 10, 2021.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd). Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church (510 E. 1st St.) with urn burial taking place immediately after the service at the cemetery in Gilbert, IA. To view the live stream of Jim’s service please follow this link; www.olih.org

Jim was born November 27, 1944 in Earlville, IA to Frank and Magdaline (Eike) Sperfslage. He was married to Lucy Hannan on June 11, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Church in Rickardsville, IA. Jim and Lucy lived and raised their family on a farm north of Central City, Iowa for 48 years. In 2019, they relocated to Ankeny, IA to be closer to their family. Jim was a hard worker. He worked 12-hour night shifts at Quaker Oats, returning home to spend the day time hours farming. Though Jim had a limited education, Jim was extremely proud that both of his children and all five of his grandchildren have achieved or are working towards college degrees.

In retirement, Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, specifically trout fishing, where he made many friends along the streams. He also enjoyed wintering in Arizona. Jim and Lucy, throughout their 55 years of marriage, enjoyed every minute together, especially their morning cup of coffee and conversation.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughter, Kim (Brad) Beuter; daughter-in-law, Kris (Al) Miller; grandchildren, Jenna (Stephen) Kester, Hannah (Gabe) Gymer, Megan Sperfslage Miller (fiancé Brennan), Emma Beuter (boyfriend Matt), and Johnathon Beuter; great grandchildren, Hazel and Luke Kester, and a third due in November; siblings, Francis (Joan) Sperfslage, Viola (Clifford) Bentley, Eugene (Janet) Sperfslage, Lawrance (Alice) Sperfslage, Norbert (Sharon) Sperfslage, and Tom (Lou) Sperfslage; and sisters-in-law, Ethel Sperfslage, Patsy Decker, and Doris Hannan.

He is preceded in death by his son, Bruce; parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marie and Donald Hannan; brothers, LeRoy, Richard, and Harold; brothers-in-law, Louis Decker, and Ronald (Pete) Hilby; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Sperfslage and Iva Sperfslage.


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