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September 15, 2013
Dear Rick and Rod,
My sister, Georgia, called me today and told me she'd just found out your father passed last March, so I immediately checked the online obits and saw it was true. My apologies for the lateness, I don't take the paper, and only because someone from Swan emailed Georgia - I didn't realize your mom has passed as well.
The memories I have of your folks, and you guys, are all so great; I remember well when you lived in Denver and my amazement how one of you could tell the model of car just by the oncoming headlights! I also remember distinctly (and think of it often with a smirk) how your mom told Alan and me, on a visit/sleepover that "we don't get up at the crack of dawn on Saturday, we 'sleep in' until 8a.m.!'" For the last 30 years, that HAS BEEN the crack of dawn for me!
Jim always made Swan a pleasant place to work, he was well-liked by everyone, and his sense of decency was a breath of fresh air when the air would turn blue in after-work card games! He was always a gentleman as well as a gentle man, as was Helen, what a great couple, what a fine family you all made.
Hope this gets to you at this late date, my dad (Smitty) would have turned 97 on Sept 19th! I'm so glad they had such a great relationship - both seemed eager to have a positive outlook, and I know how highly my Dad prized your Dad's opinion and input on all things.
Even next door to a salvage yard they Swan a great place to grow up. Those hot summer days counting O-Rings seem both long ago and like yesterday.
All the best to you and your families-
Greg Smith
gregsglt@hotmail.com
July 02, 2013
We were very saddened to see the news about 'Neighbor Jim' and even moreso about his wonderfully sweet wife. Being neighbors with such a wonderful couple, my wife and I, and my children adored getting to talk with the Stakers, Jim always took such amazing care of his lawn. Our dog who passed away a while back was always greeted with a smile, a HELLO, and a doggy bone treat. Ever now and then the wife or I would look outside and see him playing with our puppy and it was always so sweet to watch. Several times I recall coming over to help with things he and she needed, and occasionally we were rewarded with some AMAZING information about Jim's incredible life. I knew there was something extremely unique about Jim, but once his wife told me about the terrible things he experienced in WWII, being a 3rd gen. vet, it all clicked inside. This man was and is a HERO that our Nation can and will always be grateful for his incredible service and dedication. The Greatest Generation got that name from brave young men like Jim who selflessly did their duty to defend us and our allies. What a man, what a wonderful couple, what a Neighbor! 'Neighbor Jim' will live in our hearts until we pass on, and I hope to shake his hand and see that wonderful smiling face again!
God Bless you Jim Staker, may you rest in peace and enjoy heaven with your wife alongside living free of Earthly affliction. Our deepest condolences to the family.
April 03, 2013
'Pop' was a truly amazing man: thoughtful & good-natured. It's a gift to have known him.

Peter Doddema
March 28, 2013
Dear Rick, So sorry to read about you father's passing. My thoughts prayers are with you and your family. May God give you peace in your loss. Sincerely Diane Walker|Jameson
March 28, 2013
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Staker. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
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