James Pirkl (Jim), 80, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 19, 2020. An intermittent visitation will be held at Iles Funeral Homes ~ Dunn’s Chapel of Des Moines, Iowa from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Guests will be directed to remain in their cars until the building is accessible for a limit 10 persons. A separate visitation will be held at Brick-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna, Minnesota from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 24. The funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday with burial to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Owatonna with Military Honors provided by the Steele County Funeral Unit.
**Please note ONLY 10 people can attend visitation at a time due to coronavirus restrictions outlined by the CDC**
Jim was born in Owatonna, Minnesota on March 11, 1940 to John and Martha Pirkl. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1957. Upon graduation, he served three years in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961. He was a saxophone player in the Marine Band.
Jim moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 1969 where he began his career as a dispatcher/broker for various trucking companies including Hyman and American Freightways and Barr-Nunn Brokerage. He served as Vice President at Des Moines Transportation for many years. He retired from Uthe Brokerage in 2012.
Jim loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending his granddaughters’ dance recitals every year. He was very proud of his family and never missed an opportunity to share in their accomplishments. One of the best times in his life was a trip he took to Ireland with his family in 2017. He loved music such as Dean Martin, The Rat Pack, and Glenn Miller Band. He loved the outdoors and classic movies. Jim had many friends and was an avid supporter of the Republican Party and was a true patriot.
Jim is survived by his two sisters, Joyce Perkins and Mary Clements; his daughter, Lisa Lindsay (John); his son, Robert Pirkl (Margaret); six granddaughters; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, William Pirkl.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Lupus Foundation.
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