James (Jim) Joseph Hausheer passed away peacefully on February 3, 2021 at the age of 78.
Jim was born on June 10, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Joseph and Josephine (Bartolai) Hausheer. He attended St. Genevieve Grammar School, graduated from Weber High School in 1960, and attended college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Navy Pier campus.
Jim met the love of his life, Carol Marie Hummel, in 1957 and they began dating in 1959. They married on October 24, 1964 and had two children, Jeffrey James and Robin Michelle.
Jim joined the Naval Air Reserves in April 1963, serving until March 1971. He was based out of Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois and served as an Aviation Radio Technician and was ranked Petty Officer Second Class.
In 1963, Jim began his career with Western Electric in Chicago starting as installer at the Central Offices. Always the adventurer and tired of the cold Chicago winters, Jim moved his family West, landing in Rupert, Idaho in 1971. Here, Jim worked for Project Mutual Telephone Company until he took a position as an engineer with US West (now Qwest) in Boise in 1977. He remained with US West until he retired in 1990. Shortly after retiring, he and Carol moved to Dallas, Texas to begin his career at Erickson Communication where he worked as an engineering project manager until 1992.
Jim and Carol quickly left Texas to pursue a life on the road, traveling throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico from 1992 to 1995. During this time, Jim and Carol called Stanley, Idaho home in the summer months of 1993 and 1994, where Jim worked for Sawtooth Photography as a whitewater rafting photographer. In 1995, Jim and Carol moved back to the Boise area, settling in Meridian, Idaho where he worked as a photographer at Idaho Camera before beginning his own photography business in 1996 until 1999. For the next 20 years, Jim enjoyed a life of adventure and travel. He and Carol spent most winters in Florida and the summer months in Boise, sharing as much of their time as possible with their children and grandchildren. In 2016, Jim and Carol made their final move together, settling in Fort Pierce, Florida to be closer to family.
Jim often involved himself in multiple activities. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter, photographer, woodworker, bowler, and skier. Jim had a special love for classic cars, finally buying his most cherished of all—a red Corvette! In addition to his many hobbies, Jim was a sports enthusiast. As a life-long baseball fan, one of his greatest joys was seeing his beloved Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series!
Throughout his life, Jim loved to travel. He and Carol took many cruises to the Caribbean and Europe and enjoyed many trips with his family. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Jim loved a good party filled with music and dancing, a few of the many loves that he and Carol shared throughout their life together.
Seen at first as a soft-spoken man, Jim was always eager to socialize as he made many lasting friendships throughout his life. Jim had a kind and generous spirit that was evident in the manner that he treated others–always with compassion, respect, and a willingness to help. Flashing a charismatic smile like no other and a charm all his own—two of his most noticeable characteristics—he could light up a room. Living life to the fullest was the motto that he lived by and the legacy that Jim has passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol, son Jeff and his wife Thayra Hausheer, daughter Robin Hausheer and her husband Glenn Rummler, grandchildren Jair and Kirei Hausheer, Tristan Hess, Ariel and Coran Rummler, and brother John and his wife Julie Hausheer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family is asking those who would like to donate to make a contribution in Jim’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Donations in memory of Jim can be made by using the following link, then selecting “Donate in Tribute”:
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