James was a longtime resident of Joshua Tree. He died from complications of recurring pneumonia and other lung problems on Feb. 16, 2020, at the age of 77.
Jim was born Jan. 11, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he lived until he joined the Navy in 1960. He was stationed in San Diego. He met his future wife, Ginny, through her brother Phil, who was stationed on the same ship. He left the service in February 1964. Jim and Ginny married in April 1964. In February 1965, Lee, the first son, was born. They moved to St. Louis in October 1965. He worked as an apprentice in sheetmetal construction and soon got his license. In September 1967, Karey was born. In 1978 they moved back to California and settled in Joshua Tree. He worked his trade, became a heating and air technician and opened his own company in 1997: J&G Heat and Air Conditioning and Sheetmetal. He really enjoyed his work. Jim retired in 2009. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting and especially fishing. He loved to take his family camping and fishing.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ginny, son Lee and wife Pam and granddaughters Jamie, all of Yucca Valley, and Bethany “Nicole,” of Brighton, Colorado; son Karey, of Palm Springs, Lisa and grandsons Robert and Tony, of Yucca Valley, and Ronnie of Brigham, Utah; his sisters, Barbara Dulle, of Breeze Illinois, and Nancy and husband Max, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, and their families; sister-in-law Dottie Nelson, of Torrance, and her children, Gary Nelson and Spencer and Kari, of Long Beach, and Lori and husband Patrick Kalscheuer, and Trent and Vance, of Lakewood; brother-in-law Philip and wife Anna Kahre, of Joshua Tree, Debbee and Steve Tarr and family and Jennifer and Kevin Jobe and family, of Manteca; “adopted” sister-in-law Heather and her husband, Charles, and their daughter, Elizabeth, and Lisa and Herb, of Upland, and Tracy and Jim, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and many “adopted” grandchildren. Jim is missed by all.