Meet Jim Stahler

Meet Jim Stahler!

First Plymouth Church January 2021 Newsletter

Say “Hello” to Jim Stahler, a long-time Colorado resident who was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1929, “the year the stock market crashed,” as he often points out with a chuckle. Jim graduated from Redford High School, and soon met Marilyn Osborne during a church function at Mayflower Congregational Church, in Detroit. Jim and Marilyn married in 1957.

In 1969, Jim and Marilyn and their two children, Tom and Pam, moved to Denver due to a job transfer by Jim’s employer, Honeywell Photographic Division. In 1984, the couple moved back to Detroit when Marilyn became ill. A few months later, she passed away, at age 50. Jim remained in Michigan up until his retirement 10 years later, when he returned to Colorado to stay for good.

Jim’s greatest joy is interacting with people. He always has a friendly smile for friends and strangers alike, and takes a keen interest in everyone he meets. Over the course of his career in sales and marketing, his outgoing nature helped him easily connect with others, beginning with his sales position at Silhouette Camera up through his position as national accounts manager with MCI.

Always an avid photographer, Jim used his skills during the Korean War to shoot pictures of plane crash sites for the United States Air Force. Throughout his life, he always had a camera at his side or over his shoulder, ready to capture images of beautiful Colorado, interesting sights and images, and his friends and family, including his four grandchildren: Andrew, Sydney, Alison and Julien.

After his retirement, Jim became active in First Plymouth Congregational Church, where he used his computer to make large posters for various church functions, served on the Whole Earth Committee, and photographed members for the annual Church Directory. One of his most memorable projects was taking part in the search for a new minister, resulting in the hiring of Reverend George Anastos.

Jim lived in Centennial up until five years ago, when he moved to assisted living. He currently lives at Willowbrook Place, in Littleton. He is in good health, enjoys conversation during mealtimes, and loves visits from his family. Since the start of the COVID-19 health crisis, the visits have been virtual, outdoors or through the window, but he is always thrilled to see his family whenever they call or stop by.

(Note: Jim Stahler died January 30, 2021.)