James Kohlstedt 1925-2016
James “Jim” Emil Kohlstedt was born in Colville, Washington, on October 16, 1925, and completed his earthly journey on December 9, 2016.
He was raised on a family farm in the Colville Valley with his parents, Marge and Koley Kohlstedt, and his brother, Art. After graduating from Colville High School in 1942, Jim went on to study Pharmacy at Washington State College, where he met Shirley Capwell. He and Shirley married on October 19, 1947, and later returned to Colville to buy Valley Drug (renamed Kohlstedt Pharmacy).
In 1969, Jim and Shirley resumed their education at Whitworth College and became teachers. Jim taught junior high math and elementary school for 19 years in the Colville School District.
After retiring in 1988, Jim and Shirley enjoyed volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, the blood bank, the local library, and the United Methodist Church. Jim and Shirley were both committed to serving the Lord Jesus and deeply devoted to their family, sharing a blessed marriage of over 50 years. After Shirley passed away in 2002, Jim continued to volunteer throughout the community. Jim had a love for music, mathematics, photography, and woodworking. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marguerite Kohlstedt, his brother, Art Kohlstedt, and his wife, Shirley.
Jim is survived by his children: Judy (Steve) Greenough, Jo Linda (Bob) Heater, Scott Kohlstedt, Jacque Rainer, and Mic (Holly) Kohlstedt; ten grandchildren: Tracey Hilden, Kristi Arms, Jalaine Guerra, Ben Heater, Megan Keeling, Sheena Kohlstedt, Timothy Kohlstedt, Derek Rainer, Janelle Cordero, and Joel Kohlstedt; and nine great grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, December 17, 2016 11 a.m. at the Colville Community Church. In lieu of flowers, Jim would appreciate knowing that you donated to Habitat for Humanity, Colville Community Church, or your favorite charity. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.