Funeral services for James D. Wadle, 66, of Knoxville will be Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melcher-Dallas. Family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melcher-Dallas. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
James D. Wadle was born November 4, 1946 in Des Moines, Iowa to Claude and Betty (McLeod) Wadle. He grew up in Melcher, making his own fun and entertainment with his family and friends. Growing up he was known to be a little ornery and often pushed things to their limits. He was very athletic and earned the name "Golden Wings" because of his speed and agility. Graduating from Melcher High School in 1964; he went to California where he went to Junior College in Santa Cruz and played football until being injured.
He was married to Linda Gass in 1971; they were blessed with two sons: Anthony and Benjamin. Jim and Linda were blessed with 40 plus years together.
James worked at John Deere in Ankeny. Everyone respected him as a very hard worker. He was passionate about everything he did; he was self-taught in many things and was a perfectionist. Just as he worked hard; he played equally hard. He enjoyed golf, hunting, and his family. He loved golfing and golfing well. He loved hunting, but probably enjoyed the peace and beauty of the outdoors as much as the actual hunt. In the last few years Jim really began to appreciate life as he slowed down. This was probably due to the great love he had for his grandchildren and family.
Jim passed away March 1, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Preceding him in death were his parents: Claude and Betty Wadle and step father, Wayne Nolte; brother, Monte Wadle; father-in-law, Russell Gass; and sister-in-law, Marge Gass.
Surviving are his wife, Linda, sons: Tony (Angie) Wadle, and Ben Wadle; four grandchildren: Haylie Wadle, Andrew Maresca, Avery Maresca, and Olivia Wadle; siblings: Gary Wadle, Pam (Frank) Cacciatore, Madonna (John) Milburn, Laura (Chris) Conrad, and sister-in-law, Emma Wadle; mother-in-law, Jean Gass; and in-laws: Harry (Alonna) Gass, Ann (Bill) Miller, and Robert Gass; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are special friends: John Carle, Dave Yarges, and Dan Fall.
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To the family of Jim - you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I did not know Jim well. In the 1980's, I played golf in the Knoxville Amateur and I played with him a couple of times. Later, he and I got paired together in the Oskaloosa Amateur, about 10 years ago. He was a good m... more
Tony, Angie and Family, We were so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that you and all your family have been in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in your memories. Todd, Melonie, Shelbi an... more
My deepest sympaythy to all of Jim's family. He was a good friend who left us much too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to all of Jim's family and loved ones. There are many memories of times on the Grandpa and Grandma Wadle farm at big family gatherings and visits to Claude and Betty's home in Me... more
Thinging of Jim and the Family. Sorry to hear! Remembering all the fun memories we all had together! Hoping time will heal your loss and our memories will last a lifetime. Love to you all! Pat & Jim Ripperger