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Sperling, James A.

James A. Sperling, 63, Horicon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 16, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born August 1, 1949 in Hustisford, Jim was the only child of Melvin and Bernice (Luebke) Sperling. He grew up in Browns Corners, and served with the US Marine Corps in Vietnam after graduation from Mayville High School in 1967. He was united in marriage with Diane Jauert on February 7, 1976.

Jim was a tough guy in appearance who had a kind and generous heart. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He treasured time spent with his five grandchildren, taking them for golf cart rides to the park, and bowling. His oldest grandsons enjoyed helping him fix their bikes, fishing, and working in the garden, while the younger boys loved playing trains and being pushed on the swing. His granddaughter was always his little princess.

After several years in various construction businesses, Jim worked as an Operating Engineer at Michels Corporation of Brownsville (Materials Division) from 1979 to 2010.

A proud veteran, Jim was passionate about supporting veteran programs. He was a member of Horicon Legion Post 157, Sons of the American Legion and was active in bringing the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Brownsville. He enjoyed sharing his experiences with school groups on Veterans Day. Jim was a charter member of American Legion Riders Association (ALRA) in Wisconsin. As an ALRA member, he participated by leading the funeral processions of four service members, and was also proud to assist the Patriot Guard in honoring fallen military heroes and their families.

He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was a member of the Open Road H.O.G. Chapter (Fond du Lac). Jim journeyed to Sturgis, numerous state rallies and Rolling Thunder to Washington, D.C., in addition to many special event rides including LZ Lambeau, Ride for Pride, Cops for Kids, MDA, and Breast Cancer fundraisers. He especially enjoyed playing Santa for families adopted by the Chapter. He was also a former member of the Horicon Lions Club.

Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; daughters Christine Adamavich of Mayville, and Jessica (Ben) Miller of Horicon; grandchildren Matthias, Myles and Marissa Adamavich; and Casey and Cody Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Delores Jauert, aunts and uncles.

The visitation will be at Murray Funeral Home in Horicon on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The rosary will be read at 7:00 PM. There will also be a visitation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 10:45 AM. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church on Saturday at 11:00 AM with Fr. Mike Petrie officiating. Burial will be held at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon and Military Honors will follow at the graveside.

The Murray Funeral Home, 131 East Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Dec. 19, 2012
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