Services for D.J. Sponsler will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will follow at the Newbern Cemetery. The family has invited everyone back to Lynn Hoskins' home following interment to share in a lunch and to continue visiting.
The service will be livestreamed as well, using the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/d-j-sponsler
Family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. also at the funeral home.
David Jay (D.J.) was born on the first day of summer, June 21, 1978, to Lynn (Greubel) Jeffries and Dave Jeffries in Knoxville, Iowa. He passed away at his home in Chariton, Iowa on December 23, 2021 at the age of 43.
D.J. grew up in Chariton and graduated from Chariton High School in 1996. School came easy for him. He was talented in so many ways. He tried every sport, excelling in football and baseball. D.J. made friends with and cared deeply for anyone who crossed his path, always leaving a lasting impression.
D.J. was a proud big brother to one brother and five sisters. They all loved having a crazy, keep-you-in-stitches big brother. Left to never forget the memories are JoDee, Lance, Megan, Nicole, Jara, and Shayla. Those memories will never fail to remind us of the gift you were.
D.J. was blessed with three children – Malayia, Samuel, and Emily. He loved his children. Life and circumstances do not always leave us perfection, but truly what is perfection? To D.J. his children were perfection. His only desire was to be close, make sure they were okay, and that they would find the peace he always chased.
On September 30, 2020, D.J. was blessed with his first grandchild Azariah Michael. He was such a proud grandpa. He spent so much time reading books, doing baby yoga, and loving on Azariah. D.J. would tell him he was going to be so intelligent and wanted to fill Azariah with so much love and knowledge at a very young age. Someday we will have the honor of sharing with Azariah how much his grandpa loved him.
D.J. loved his many grandparents. He would talk and laugh about the many memories he treasured and would share them often.
As a little boy he would climb in bed with Grandpa Bob and Grandma Colene. Grandma would be telling him a story and D.J. would nudge Grandpa encouraging him to fill in the blanks for fun. When D.J. got too big to lay between them, he moved to a sleeping bag bed on the floor. He told them he was going to sleep there until he was 18.
Grandma Helen loved unconditionally and with all her heart. Even before D.J. was born she played a big part in his birth, rubbing his mother’s back for hours because the back labor was so intense. As he grew, their bond grew also. She would take him to play bingo, which is one of D.J.’s favorite memories. Just before Grandma Helen passed, D.J. was able to tell her how much he loved her.
Many memories were made spending time with Grandpa and Grandma Sponsler. One of D.J.’s fondest memories was the snowmobile trip Grandpa Roy took him on. D.J. has always loved pushing the limit, it’s kind of the way he lived his life. When Grandpa Roy said, “J” slow down before going over that hill, to D.J. that meant go faster. Over the hill Grandpa Roy went to find D.J. grinning with the snowmobile on its top.
Many will be left to treasure his memory. His mother and father, along with his children, Malayia, Samuel, Emily, grandson Azariah; and his Grandma Colene. Siblings: JoDee (Taylor) Claussen and children Jessa, Slate, and Kroy; Lance (Melanie) Sponsler, children Grant and Sutton; Megan Jeffries, children Da’jien, Davaron, and Deleecia; Nicole Jeffries, children Jackson, Sofia, and Kysen; Jara Jeffries, daughter Kaembrii; and Shayla Jeffries. Along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
The gift and treasure of your life will never be truly known because you left too soon. We will never know your pain, but we will know the pain of being without you. You were the best part of so many of us and we will cherish your memory forever.
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