Nicholas James (Jim) Stadelman Jr. passed away peacefully on December 6, 2015, in Elko, Nevada, at the age of 90. Born in Hays, Kansas, on June 4, 1925, to his parents Nicholas James Sr. and Catherine (Brungardt) Stadelman. On July 24, 1961, Jim married Virginia (Myers) in a double wedding, along with brother LeRoy who married Virginia’s sister Shirley, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Colorado. Jim and Virginia were married 54 years.
In 1931, the Stadelman family moved from Hays, Kansas, to Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1936, the family moved back to Salina, Kansas, where they farmed. In 1937, Jim attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Salina, Kansas. As a child Jim was known as Nickie. By 1942, the family moved back to Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1952, the family purchased the Frasier Valley Ranch and moved from Fort Collins to Frasier, Colorado. In 1956, the family purchased and moved to a ranch on the western slope of Colorado, known as the Stadelman Herford Ranch, on Kannah Creek near Whitewater and Grand Junction. In 1974, the brothers sold the ranch and quit the farm and ranching business. Jim and his family moved to Grand Junction. For a short time Jim became a janitor for Valley Federal Savings and Loan (new skyscraper building at the time) before obtaining a job as a sandblaster and overhead crane operator for Grand Junction Steel Fabricating until 1990 when he retired. In 1990, Jim decided to continue to work part-time and became a delivery driver for Kentucky Fried Chicken until they discontinued deliveries, then he became a delivery driver for Big Cheese Pizza until the business closed in 2003. In 2004, Jim and Virginia moved to Elko, Nevada, to live with their daughter. Jim lived with his wife and daughter until his death.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas James Sr. and Catherine (Brungardt) Stadelman; brothers Victor Adolph and Orville Frances of Grand Junction, and Alvin Julius of Winter Park, Colorado; and sisters Bernice (brother-in-law Paul Michaud) of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Rose deLima of Hays, Kansas.
Jim is survived by his wife, Virginia, and daughter Janice of Elko, Nevada, son James of Pasco Washington, brother Leroy (Shirley) of Grand Junction and sister-in-law Betty of Grand Junction, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Saturday April 23, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Junction, Colorado. Rosary will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. Following the mass will be the inurnment at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church columbarium.