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.