James “Jim” Alexander Pfeiffer, a World War II Veteran, 98, of Perrysburg, Ohio and Cleveland, Texas, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022, at The Lakes of Monclova in Maumee, Ohio.
Jim was born on April 3, 1924, in Newark, Ohio to Paul and Jennie Pfeiffer. His family moved to Texas when he was six months old, and he considered himself a Texan ever since. He returned to Perrysburg, Ohio in October 2020.
Jim, as his friends called him, was in the Boy Scouts during his teen years. He would go on to learn Morse Code, play the bugle, and become a Signalman.
He went to John H. Reagan High School in Houston, Texas. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy on June 20, 1942. He had his basic training in San Diego, went to Gunners Mate School, and then shipped out to sea as a Seaman on the USS Tappahannock, a fleet oiler designated AO43. On July 20, 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy as a Seaman Second Class. Jim was very honored and privileged to have served his country and fight for the freedom that we enjoy today.
Jim then went on to work at an ornamental iron company and soon after he became a police officer in South Houston. At the age of 32, he found his niche - a career in the plumbing business. He became a plumbing inspector for the City of Houston, where he retired.
On November 25, 1970, he married the love of his life, Caryl. Jim and Caryl were married more than 51 years. Caryl brought a son, Kevin, into the marriage which Jim claimed as his own. Jim and Caryl had a daughter, Kimberly, who her mother said had her Daddy wrapped around her little finger.
With so many encounters with death during WWII, he became closer to the Lord and attended church. He was a member of the Northwest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed racing homing pigeons where he won numerous awards. Also, he ran beagles, rode his Gold Wing motorcycle, loved his donkey “Jennie Rose”, enjoyed attending the fellow Veterans in Conroe, Texas, and continued to play the trumpet till age 96. His additional past times included spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife, Caryl; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Anderia; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Bob; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Sawyer and Tom; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Evan and Celia; and great grandchildren, Jordyn, Blaine, Logan, Murphie, Eliana and Abel “Little Jimmie”. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jennie; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Ruth; sister, Dorothy; brother, Carl; and great granddaughter, Aleigh.
The family would like to say a special thank you to The Lakes of Monclova and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the special love and care that they gave to him.
Friends and family will be received at Northwest Baptist Church, 1710 W 34th St., Houston, Texas 77018 on July 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM, where services will follow at 11:00 AM. Jim will be laid to rest at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas 77038 on July 22, 2022 at 1:30 PM to honor the heroic efforts he put forth for this country during his life. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in his memory be made to:
Northwest Baptist Church Missions Fund either online at nwbchouston.org or by check. If paying by check, please make it payable to “Northwest Baptist Church” with reference to the Missions Fund and in memory of James Pfeiffer. Mail check to: Northwest Baptist Church, P.O. Box 920660, Houston, Texas 77292.
The Trilogy Community Foundation of The Lakes of Monclova. Please make check payable to “The Trilogy Community Foundation” with reference in memory of James Pfeiffer. Mail check to: The Lakes of Monclova, 6935 Monclova Rd, Maumee, Ohio 43537.
Hospice of Northwest Ohio at hospicenwo.org.
The Sujkowski-Walker Funeral Home of Rossford, Ohio and Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland, Texas is assisting the family with arrangements.