James R. Spidle

Born: Sat., Mar. 16, 1935
Died: Mon., Mar. 24, 2014


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 27, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Mr. James R. "Jim" Spidle, 79, a well known Quincy businessman and entrepreneur, died at 4:37 a.m. Monday  (March 24, 2014) in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

   Born March 16, 1935 in Quincy, Jim was the son of Louis and Norma Wollbrink Spidle.

   Mr. Spidle proudly served his country as a radio operator in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War from 1953-1961. He served on the USS Oriskany, and spoke often of his time in the Navy, including his extended deployment overseas which was one of the longest deployments ever by the Navy at that time. He was a life member of Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the V. F. W. Post 5129.

   A die hard Cubs fan he rooted for the Cubs through thick and thin. Mostly thin. He was a Chicago Bears fan and an avid golfer. Jim was an active member of Cedar Crest Country Club and a former member of Westview Golf Course. He was affectionately known as "Spiderillo" out on the course and loved to spin around on his red golf cart with a custom spider logo. In his lifetime, he shot 3 holes in one. If you witnessed one of these feats please let us know.  

   He enjoyed playing cards with the Cedar Crest Gang daily. He would sometimes mention the beating they all took at his good fortune. Jim was a gregarious gentleman who could easily win a conversation with his charm and a beer. His jokes were bad, but he told them so often that they became funny. It is rumored that he would spend an entire morning making up a joke so he would have a new one to tell at his next card game. Jim was an excellent cook and was almost famous for his "Spidle Tenderloins" that everyone loved.

   Jim owned and operated Isa & Isabelle's tavern for over 32 years. He was the life of the bar and everyone came to see him and hear him tell of his many adventures (most of which were true). He was proud of the family business that he had inherited from his post-prohibition family and he ran the show like a bar owner should. Isa and Isabelle's defined Jim and made him who he was. That, in turn, paid dividends which he cashed in full with his time and energy and passion for running a small business. Jim was there every day and night, meeting with and talking to the neighborhood friends and the uptown suits who all knew that Isa & Isabelle's was the place to be. At lunch, tenderloins were the signature meal. On any given night, you could catch "Big Jim" walking from table to table balancing a glass of beer on his head, making sure everyone had what they needed and that they were having a great time. Jim took great care of his customers and all of his employees. He was also very proud of his neighborhood bar and the role that he had in helping the people who walked in the door. Everyone loved him for being Jim and it showed in the success the bar enjoyed. Jim never knew a stranger and everyone knew him.

   Jim was the quintessential patriarch who could tell the tallest tale and befriend the loneliest sole. His advice was priceless and his heart was filled with love for his family. His girls will forever miss the phone calls, visits and conversations with their Dad.

   Survivors include two daughters, Deeanna Baird (Jeff) Quincy and Julie Spidle of Quincy; his very special life partner Peggy Meyer and her children and grandchildren who he cared for and loved as his own; four grandchildren, Brett Baird, Brock Baird, Tyler Ferguson and Ashlynn Goehl all of Quincy; a sister, Phyllis Johnson (Richard) of Ft. Collins, CO; and several nieces and nephews. He also had a close group of good friends. They brought him joy and were just like family to him. Deeanna offers a very special thank you to the Blessing Hospital ER staff who, also like family, cared for Jim and showed compassion in a very difficult time.  

   Mr. Spidle was preceded in death by his father, Louis Spidle; his mother, Norma Spidle Mixer; a sister, Mary Lou Schlipman; and two cousins raised in the home with Jim, Doris Chambers and Joan Higham.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by Pastor Steve Disseler.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the Cedar Crest Men's Association or Blessing Hospital.


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Dan DuHamel
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
Deeanna, you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. May God help you in your time of need.

Sharon Levengood Lindahl
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Sorry to hear about Jim, I meet him many years ago when I came to the bar/resturant. Fanny and my grandmother Addie Thrasher Levengood were sisters.

Charla Gansen
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
Deanna, Julie and Peggy, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Jim was always very good to me and I am so happy that I was able to have a great visit with him even though under sad circumstances. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for you all. Please let me know if their is anything you need. Uncle will be missed. Love you Uncle

Christopher Holthaus
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014


Our hearts and prayers are with you. -Matt, Mary, Chris (BJH ED)

Kenny Benner
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
So sorry for your loss Peggy, Deeanna, and Julie, Jim was a wonderful person to all that knew him, I will miss seeing him, he is up there in Heaven with his loved ones and looking down at his loved ones here on earth. God Bless and comfort you and the family. - Kenny Benner

cathy aschemann
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
Jim and I exchanged several dollars over the past few years playing Euchre at Cedar Crest. I agree, he had great stories, but am questioning if MOST were true:) My prayers are with all of you.

Dick Heitholt
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
Recalling many happy times on the golf course with Jim. He was a special person to many. Best wishes and God's Blessings to his family.

Dick & Jean Anne Cook
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Jim and family will always hold a special place in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all the memories.

Vicki Blackwell and Ed Willing
   Posted Fri March 28, 2014
So sorry to hear about your family's loss. I am sure he will be missed by all. Our sympathy goes out to all of the family.

Mary stormer
   Posted Fri March 28, 2014
Deanna and family,
I was so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great guy and a good friend. Even though I couldn't make it to the funeral home please know my thoughts and prayers were with you.

Mary stormer
   Posted Sat March 29, 2014
I'm was so sorry to hear of the death of Jim. He was a great guy & good friend. We had many good times together. Even though I couldn't make it to the funeral home, please know my thoughts & prayers were with you & your family.

Vickie Nokes
   Posted Sun April 06, 2014
Jim was a friend you knew was always there no matter how often you saw him. May he RIP. Prayers to the family

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