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James Jerry Scalise

Posted November 07, 2012 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

January 21, 1938 – November 5, 2012

James Jerry Scalise

James Jerry Scalise, 74, passed suddenly from this life on Monday, November 5, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012, at All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines.James was born on January 21, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa, to James and Dorothy Scalise. He graduated from Lincoln High School. He married Norma Louise (Sherry) Murphy on May 10, 1958, and they made their home in Des Moines. James was a butcher for Safeway for 25 plus years and then became owner of Scalise Electric. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

He will be missed by his children, Leisa (Vance Abbott) Scalise of West Des Moines, Kimberly Scalise of Des Moines, Cindy (Bill Gordon) Scalise of Des Moines; Nick Scalise of Des Moines; brother, Tom (Billie Jean (Sue) Scalise of Shellsburg; sister-in-law, Hiroko Scalise of Des Moines; and many family members and friends. James was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Louise (Sherry) Scalise; son, David Scalise; and brother, Donald Scalise.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. Vigil Service, on Thursday, November 8, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, 650 NE 52nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313 or Easter Seals Iowa, 2920 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310. Online condolences may be sent to


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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