Lisle Shires has been a faithful member of the Y since 2007, beginning at the Waukee YMCA and later coming to the YMCA Healthy Living Center (Y-HLC) for physical therapy and medical programming.
Lisle grew up in Elliot, Iowa and was an elite state track and cross country athlete who ran a standout time of 4:52 in the “full” mile. He attended Drake University after graduating from high school in 1956.
While double majoring in business and broadcasting, Lisle continued running competitively and graduated from Drake in 1960. He started working in Milwaukee in TV broadcasting but was drawn back to his home the following year to work for WHO-TV and Radio, where he began learning the engineering side of things in the growing industry.
He met and married his far-better half, Julia, in 1964, with whom he has two children and five grandchildren. Back in Des Moines, he couldn’t stay away from that blue oval for very long and found himself right back at Drake working for over 30 years as an official and assistant to the great Jim Duncan in numerous track and field events.
After 30 years with WHO-TV, Lisle retired in 2000. Then, in 2007, he suffered a stroke and had to begin the hard road of rehabilitation. Lisle has been dedicated to working each day to get better and continues to have a positive outlook and attitude. In 2011, he was part of the effort to bring the Functional Electrical Stimulation bike to the YMCA and, along with his good friend Wayne Guttenfelder, was an original “test dummy” for the bike. He has continued to use it faithfully today along with progressing in his own daily exercises.
Lisle is known around the HLC as someone who always has a smile on his face and is always willing to stop and chat regardless of how busy he may appear. Thanks for being part of the Y family, Lisle!