GOODYEAR, AZ—James Ray Schuerkamp, 58, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Hawarden, entered his Heavenly home on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. and his Celebration of Life service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at The Refinery Christian Church, 16721 W. Indian School Road, Goodyear, AZ 85395.

Private family interment will be held at Phoenix Memorial Cemetery.

Livestream will be available and a link will be posted closer to the event.

As many of you know, Jim LOVED sports. We ask that you all wear your favorite sports jersey/shirt/or cap to his celebration.

Jim was born Feb. 9, 1963, to Sherry and Fred Schuerkamp in Primghar. He was later joined by brothers, Doug and Greg.

Jim grew up in Hawarden where he attended West Sioux High School. Jim always had a love for sports and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, and football. He graduated high school in 1982, and attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and began his teaching career in 1985. Jim had a natural gift for teaching and coaching sports. He instilled positivity into everything. Jim loved his students and his students loved him.

On July 9, 1988, Jim married the love of his life, Dawn Pulscher. His greatest joy was becoming a dad to Kayla Rae in 1992 and Katy Leann in 1997. Jim cherished his family and was proud of them beyond measure. Whenever Jim would talk about “his girls,” he had a smile from ear to ear and could talk endlessly about them.

Dawn and Jim made their home in Colorado Springs, CO, from 1986-2016. Jim retired from education in 2016 and shortly after the family moved to Goodyear.

Jim enjoyed anything sports related — watching Dawn and Katy play tennis, cheering on the Denver Broncos with Kayla and attending ASU events. He also spent his days embracing the outdoors — feeding quail in the backyard, riding bikes and taking walks in the park with Biggie and Buddy.

Jim is survived by his wife, Dawn; daughters, Kayla and Katy of Goodyear, AZ; mother, Sherry; brother, Greg, of Hawarden; along with a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Doug; his father, Fred; his grandmothers, Ive and Ella; and grandfather, Ray.

As one of his former students commented, “Your heart lives on in so many. You will be missed, but never ever forgotten.” Heaven has gained an amazing angel and “Jimmy” will be missed dearly.