Stodolka, James Peter 'Jim' Age 90, of St. Paul, died peacefully July 31, 2011. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis, and daughter, JoAnne. He is survived by sons, John (Colleen) and Michael (Ann); grandchildren, Anne Bulygo (Eric), Amy Bitzan (Nick), Paul, Cari, Jake, Maren, Jimmy and JoAnn. An only child, Jim grew up in the Midway district of St. Paul and graduated from Central High School.
Central High School Alumnus
U of M grad w/Electrical Engineering Degree
WWII veteran - Flight instructor
Parents were from Little Falls, MN area
Started Lakeland Insurance Company
75 years in amateur 'Ham' radio WØTIV
Member of QCWA
Member of Hamline American Legion Post 418
Member of St. Leo's Lumin-Christi Church
Jim was active on all bands and is a member of OOTC #2343 and the Minnesota Wireless Association. Jim servered in the Air Force from 1942-1946 and acheived the rank of Captain. He has two married sons, seven grandchildern, one wife and a cat named 'Annie' that goes to sleep listenting to CW. Jim also enjoys baseball and gardening.
From Jim's guestbook:
August 03, 2011
As suprised as I was to hear of your passing, I am at peace knowing you have returned to life as you once knew it.
I will never forget sitting with you long ago so many times while you were talking to "your friend in Guam or Germany or Russia or Japan, or Korea..." on Ham radio. Nore will I forget the endless computer time you shared with me playing "Flight Simulator" and "Curtis", or simply teaching me how to operate one. THANK YOU!
I want to thank you for showing up to almost every softball game, basketball game, school play, musical, and graduation we(your grandchildren) were involved in and being such a GREAT supporter throughout our lives. I am thrilled you made it to my wedding being that it was near 0 degrees out and 30+ inches of snow on the ground- that just proves the kind of supporter we were SO lucky to have.
I was often asked "How is your Grandpa Stodolka doing?", to which I would respond" The Man of 10,000 jokes, he's doing well..." and allowed them to tell me about their experiences and memories of you. 99% of the time this was one of dad or Uncle Johns friends and they would always talk about how you were one of few parents that made it to EVERY baseball game they had and that they felt you were like a 2nd father to them.
I was also often told that "you were the type of guy that had a joke for EVERY situation." This IS a TRUE fact! the one consistant memory I have is your jokes- and yet I am still baffled at the fact that somehow you managed to NEVER once repeat yourself. Although, I have realized now, looking back at my younger years, the maturity level of these jokes seemed to consistantly increase with my age and maybe a bit with yours too.
I know now you are with Grandma and Joann and I wish you all the happiness- say Hi to them for me- and go in peace knowing we sure do miss and love all 3 of you down here!
Amy Bitzan, St. Paul, Minnesota