Obituaries

James “Jim” D. Scherbring- Colesburg

James “Jim” D. Scherbring, 88, of Colesburg, Iowa, passed away at his home on Friday,
February 9, 2024, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday,
February 15, 2024, at the Clifton – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Earlville.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2024, at Colesburg
Community Church, with Peter Buschmann officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date
the Zion Cemetery in Colesburg.

Jim was born on May 31, 1935, in Petersburg, Iowa, the son of Aloysius and Clara (Kruse)
Scherbring. He left school for a couple of years to help his family on the farm. He returned to
school and was a 1955 graduate of Colesburg High School. On May 5, 1956, Jim was united in
marriage to Janice Barnhart in Colesburg, Iowa. To this union, they were blessed with four
children. Jim worked for John Deere in Dubuque, until his retirement in 1991.

During his earlier years, Jim enjoyed playing baseball and softball. He coached Little League for
many years. He especially enjoyed golfing and assisted in the development of Lone Pine
Country Club. Jim attended the Colesburg United Methodist Church. He was a member of the
Colesburg Fire Department. Jim also enjoyed watching old westerns, attending his children and
grandchildren’s events, traveling to Branson, Missouri, gardening and woodworking. He hand-
crafted many special pieces for his family and friends over the years. He especially enjoyed
riding around on his John Deere lawn tractor.

Jim was a loyal and devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football,
as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. His greatest joy was time spent with his family. Jim and Janice
were honored to be the Grand Marshals of the Colesburg Fourth of July parade in 2013. To
many of his friends, Jim was also known as “Carp”. He, along with his witty sense of humor,
contagious laugh, and stubbornness will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Janice Scherbring; children,
Julie (Steve) Wessel, Terrie (Randy) Elledge, Lori (Tim) Elledge and Chad Scherbring; eight
grandchildren, Shanna Sperfslage, Shane (Abby) Wessel, Lindsey (Adam) Sherman, Courtney
(Rob) Reinsmoen, Dylan (Gina) Elledge, Kelsey (Cory) Schuster, Dustin Elledge and Ashley
(CK) Crowder; thirteen great-grandchildren, Taylor and Tessa Sperfslage, Ethan, Alli and Avery
Reinsmoen, Wyhett Fogel, Waylon and Wiley Elledge, Harlan and Harlow Wessel, and Trey,
Marlee and Maggie Crowder; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in eternal life by his parents, Aloysius and Clara Scherbring; siblings, Urban
Scherbring, Paul (Verna) Scherbring, Fritz (Florence) Scherbring, Myra (Joe) Rausch and Mae
Eunice Scherbring, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Harry and Alvina Barnhart; five sisters-in-
law, Kathleen (Denny) Royalty, Marge (Julius) Moser, Jeanne Amsden, Ruth (Dan) Harbaugh,

and Donna (Delos) Sadewasser; one brother-in-law, Lowell (Edith) Barnhart; and a host of many
life-long friends that will be waiting for him to continue their life-long shenanigans.

In Jim’s honor, “Love your family, support your community and live your life to the fullest”.

The family would like to give a special thank you, and extend our appreciation for all the care
given to Jim and his family, especially Jill Buschmann, Pete Buschmann, Cory Schenke, Above
and Beyond “Therapy Girls” and the Hospice Team. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Please share a memory of Jim at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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