In Memory of

James Anthony Berhow

January 31, 1951 - September 9, 2022
From: Spencer, IA
James Anthony Berhow

James Anthony Berhow

Born: January 31, 1951
Died: September 9, 2022
Age: 71

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James Anthony Berhow, 71, of Spencer, Iowa passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 9, 2022.


Jim was born in Mason City, Iowa on January 31, 1951 to parents James Oliver Berhow and Mariel (Struck). After graduating from Spencer High School in 1969, Jim served in the United States Navy.


Upon his return from the military, Jim was hired by the City of Spencer in July 1975 where he served as a Police Officer until his retirement in October 2007. During his time as a police officer, he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1997 and served as Interim Police Chief from February 2007 until his retirement.


In his free time, Jim was an avid and extremely talented wildlife photographer. When he wasn’t traveling to places afar like Yellowstone National Park and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, he spent his time at home traveling to various public lands and nature areas of Northwest Iowa. Jim also served as a local hunter safety instructor for over 25 years and received a Governer’s Volunteer Award for this service.


Jim did not have children of his own, however, he did love and care for many young men that he considered his “kids.” 


For those that knew Jim, we were extremely lucky and blessed to have him be a part of our lives. He was a wealth of knowledge, cared deeply for others, and had a good sense of humor. Although Jim didn’t really like praise or recognition, we thank you, from the deepest part of our hearts, for being an all-around great human being. We love you and you will be deeply missed.


A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim

Friday, September 23rd


Oneota Cabin - 420 10th Ave SE, Spencer


Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8:13 AM
“God Speed Jim-
Thank you for all your contributions down here๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ”
- Chris Kielman
Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:59 AM
“You have been such a great friend and fellow photographer through the years. we will surely miss all the coffee, conversations and trips to Yellowstone that we shared. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. Tell we meet again.”
- Nick and Diane Leary
Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:59 AM
“Officer Berhow was always full of advice for us yougins growing up in my day. Much of which may of us took heed to. He will be missed.”
- Tiffany Jones
Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 12:36 PM
“You were probably the only good police officer I ever met rest in peace ”
- Dennis Williams
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 3:12 PM
“Officer Berhow was a great role model to the youth. My boy looked up to him. Even though they got in trouble once in awhile they thought he was fair. He use to sit at the skate park visiting and joking yet teaching and being positive in the youths eyes. A kind of officer the youth need. RIP! I'm glad we all got to have a great positive person in our lives.”
- Karla and Butch Markley
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 8:06 AM
“Rest In Peace Berhow. You will be missed ”
- Kim McKinley
Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM
“Jim was a very kind and fair man. Please continue to be the boysโ€™ Guardian Angel.”
- Chavon Struve
Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM
“Jim was one of those steady sort guys who served well. He accomplished much below the radar that many young men will temember!”
- Tony Van Helden
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 11:58 AM
“Worked with Jim many years ago. A very caring and compassionate individual who always enjoyed his profession and friends. RIP Berhow!”
- Frank & Sheri Prowant
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 9:03 AM
“Rest in Peace Jim, you will be missed. You have been a good friend for many years.”
- Gary Grapevine
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“Jim served many years with distinction, humor and honor. Rest In Peace my friend ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ”
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:03 AM
“I'm so sorry I miss n Love you James ๐Ÿ˜ Bill Palmer Yellowstone ”
- William Palmer
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 3:34 PM
“I will miss a good man and friend!”
- Joe Santos
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 2:32 PM
“You will be dearly missed during fair time! And I will miss seeing your smile at my booth in the morning. ”
- Leah Wyman
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 2:32 PM
“Thank you to whoever wrote the good words about Jim. They capture the wonderful man that he was. We shared the love of Yellowstone and of wildlife with him for many years. ”
- Dale and Elva Paulson
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 2:32 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all of his friends and family ! He was a very nice man he will be missed! RIP James ”
- Rhonda Olson
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:51 AM
“RIP my brother law enforcement officer. Blessed are the peacekeepers ๐Ÿ’™”
- Patrick and Carol Morgan
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:51 AM
“I know many people who have been influenced for the better because of you. May you Rest In Peace. ”
- Shelby Meyer
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:51 AM
“sorry for your loss jim was a good police man did a goo job god bless brad bolyard”
- bradley bolyard
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:50 AM
“You will be missed my friend!!!”
- Larry and Alexia Graves
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 6:50 AM
- Larry Rupert
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