James Michael Huelskamp
James Michael Huelskamp 81, beloved husband and father, passed away from a short illness on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Sun City West, AZ.
James was born on August 30, 1929 to Martin J. and Clara C. Huelskamp in Fowler, Kansas. He grew up on a farm near Fowler where he met his future wife Margaret Houser. They were united in marriage on August 8, 1950 in Fowler. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Anchorage, AK from 1951 to 1955. James received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg in 1958 and later also earned his Master of Science. He then earned a Specialist in Education Degree from Drake University. James began his career as a teacher/coach at Minburn, IA and moved into administration as a high school principal at Melcher-Dallas, IA. He was the Bedford High School Principal from 1963 to 1972. In 1972 James and Margaret moved to West Burlington, IA where James became the Superintendent of Schools. After a long and rewarding career as a school administrator, James retired in 1989. James and Margaret moved to Sun City West, AZ in 1991 where he was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was also a member of various organizations including: American Association of School Administrators, American Legion, Northwest Valley Korean Veterans, Kiwanis Club, St. Vincent DePaul Society, and Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree.
James and Margaret were married for 58 years sharing a love of travel and meeting many wonderful friends whom they kept in contact with over the years. James was a lifelong Notre Dame football fan, but also closely followed the sporting activities of his grandchildren. James also enjoyed working as a volunteer at local schools where he read books to children. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
James was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 2009. He is survived by his son Greg (friend Sallee Borneman) of Phoenix, AZ and two daughters Debra (Steve) Gray of Bedford, IA and Julie (Garvin) Roth of Farmington, IA; one brother Leroy (Stellie) of Fowler, KS; and three sisters Florence (John) Hampel of Wichita, KS; Betty (Art) McCullough of Liberty, TX; and Helen (Bob) Spachek of Marion, KS. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren Amanda Sockrider of Council Bluffs, IA; Nick (Danielle) Gray of Bedford, IA; Wyatt (Melinda) Gray of Bedford, IA; Jared Gray of Beloit, KS; Eli (Heather) Roth of Hudson, NH; and Jason (Jennifer) Roth of Gladstone, OR and 8 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fowler, KS on May 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the The Society of St. Vincent DePaul – Our Lady of Lourdes Conference in Sun City West. Memories can be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.