James Robert Stadler was born on April 15, 1929, in Orange, Texas, while his father, George Roy Stadler, was employed by Missouri Pacific Railroad. His mother, Eva Irene Beene, had been a registered nurse for Missouri Pacific in Palestine before their marriage. The family later moved to Cherokee County, settling in the New Summerfield area. James was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Summerfield.
James played basketball while in New Summerfield High School. After high school, he enrolled in the United States Army and served in Germany during the Korean Conflict. After returning from service, he met and married Doris Ann Cook of Jacksonville on April 13, 1957. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple moved to the Houston area where James was a locomotive engineer for Missouri Pacific Railroad (later Union Pacific) and lived there over 40 years. After James's retirement, he and Doris moved to Temple, Texas, where they have lived for around 20 years. James was an active member of Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812, and Sons of Confederate Veterans. James fought a hard fight against cancer for the past three years and on June 19, 2017, he passed away in Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Allen Stadler and wives Vivian and Hazel; brothers-in-law, George Franklin Cook and wife Frances Lightsey Cook, Jeter Worley Cook and wives, Imogene Mullins Cook and, Rosemary McGill Cook, Boyd Irving Cook and wife Frankie McFarland Cook, and Lloyd Sterling Cook.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Doris Ann Cook Stadler of Temple; nephew, John Wilson "Jay" Stadler and Pam of Waxahachie; sisters-in-law, Jimmie Cook of Lufkin, Donnie Deverne Yeilding and Thomas David of Temple. Also, nephews and nieces-in-law, David Cook and Helen, John Cook and Judy, Mary Katherine Corn and Homer, Stephen Cook and Ashley, Glynda Travis and Oscar, and Lynda Cook.
A funeral service is scheduled at 10 o'clock in the morning Friday, June 23, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Dr. Edwin Crank officiating. He will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park, Jacksonville.
Viewing will begin on Thursday, June 22, 2017 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 6 to 8 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Published on June 21, 2017