IGA volunteer, course rater Jim Grinaldi passes away

James (Jim) Michael Grinaldi, age 69, originally from North Canton, OH and current resident of West Des Moines, passed away in the late evening of January 23, 2022. He was born on April 17, 1952. Jim was a graduate of Oakwood High School in North Canton, OH and received a B.A. in Business from Wilmington College, also in Ohio.

Jim had many interests, but few were he as passionate about as golf. Jim began golfing in high school, but his love for the sport grew throughout his years as a single father and even more so when he found his partner in golf and life, Cathi. He was a member of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club and proudly volunteered for the Iowa Golf Association Golf Course Rating Team. Jim held special appreciation for many other games, including bridge, bocce and billiards, but would play just about anything if he valued the company. He enjoyed traveling, tasting different foods, listening to music, hearing the perspective of others and just experiencing life. Jim cherished his family and was happiest when they could all be together.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Jim’s honor at the West Des Moines Golf and Country Club on Sunday, April 2, 2022. Click the link below for further information.



  1. Sue Lambert says:

    So saddened to hear this about Jim Grimaldi. We golfed with Jim and Cathi many times. Great couple..

    Sympathy to Cathi and family.

  2. Hillis Rupe says:

    Jim was a pleasure to work with on ratings. His contributions and knowledge were a great help in rating. He’ll be missed.

    RIP Jim.

    Hillis Rupe

  3. Jason Bjorklund says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I enjoyed spending time with him at IGA events.

    My condolences to his family.

    Jason Bjorklund

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