James Lee “Jim” Stouder, 69, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 9:39 p.m., surrounded by his family in their Warsaw, home.
Jim was born to Earl W. and V. Evelyn (Weybright) Stouder, July 13, 1942, in Nappanee, Ind.
He was a 1960 graduate of Nappanee High School. Moving from Nappanee, he lived in Kosciusko County since 1962.
Jim and Linda Dorsey were joined in marriage July 4, 1982, at the Harrison Center Church in Mentone.
Jim was a self employed contractor with Stouder Enterprises for 32 years, retiring in 2004.
Just out of high school, Jim was honored to be the 1960 bonus baby, of the minor leagues. He was signed by the Phillies and would play ball with them for a short time. He then went to work for NIPSCO and also de-beaked chickens. Jim was a dealer for All American Homes (Willow Creek Homes).
He was a member of Dutchtown Brethren Church in Warsaw. He loved the game of softball and was an avid player for 30 years. He played in leagues from Warsaw, Columbia City, Nappanee, Bippus, Fort Wayne, Elkhart and Goshen. Jim also played in the senior leagues (over the age of 50) in Sebring, Fla., during the winter months.
He taught his girls by experience. While riding in his stick shift car, he told one of his daughters who had never driven before, to trade places with him and get in the driver’s seat. Then he told her to get going because there was a dump truck coming up from behind.
He taught the girls to swim by throwing them into the lake and simply telling them to swim. He also taught them a variety of sports. His girls learned much while working side by side with their dad whether picking up rocks, surveying or riding the back hoe; everything but “girl stuff.”
Left with memories to hold dear is Linda, his wife of almost 30 years, of Warsaw; three daughters, Kimberly D. (Jeff) Church, of Columbia City, Stephani L. (Jess) Ford, of Heflin, Ala. and Nicole L. Stouder, of Warsaw; three brothers Jerry Stouder, of Nappanee, Brian K. (Valentina) Stouder, of Columbus, Ohio and Dennis (Gloria) Stouder, of Nappanee; his sister, Patti (Steve) Fredericks, of Goshen; seven grandchildren: Eric Lane, Kristin (Jason) Tindall, Jeffrey Church, Megan Church, Laurin Lane, Kaitlin Clibon and Alissa Ford; and two great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Kiya; his mother, V. Evelyn Stouder, of Nappanee.
Preceding Jim in death was his daughter, Brenda S. Stouder and his father, Earl Stouder.
Family and friends will gather to share memories and be of support to each other Friday from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw.
A service celebrating the life of James Lee Stouder will follow. Pastor Jack Worth of Dutchtown Brethren Church will officiate. There will be a private family graveside in Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw.
The family has asked that gifts in Jim’s memory be given to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196 or K-21 Health Foundation - Cancer Care Fund, P.O. Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46581-1810.