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September 21, 2018

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January 19, 2018
Jim and family came into my life in the mid-60's. We were neighbors at Indian Lake and he and my Dad, Tom, were both teachers at Kalamazoo Central. Jim was part of my life at its most painful. He and Marj provided a refuge for my mom, brothers and me, when we had no idea which way was up. He was a quick phone call and driveway away. When we were in 6th and 4th grade, Jim would drive us in his Corvette, to the Y. Just stuffed us into his cool car. We spent weekend mornings, knocking uninvited on Jim and Marj's door, hoping they would invite us in for breakfast. They always did.
Jim was a liberal of the very best kind. He raged and sent political jokes that made me happy.
Joni, we have never met, but I am so happy Jim found you and you had one another. My thoughts are with you all and I am sending love.
January 12, 2018
January 12, 2018
Mr Kahler will always be remembered as a good family friend of the Stiltner Family. Always kind and funny, funny ,funny. Fond memories of the golf antic stories my Dad would tell after a round of with Jim. May peace be with you and your family.
January 8, 2018
Mr. Kahler was my high school guidance counselor and taught me how to channel my social justice advocacy at a young age. He told me that doing the right thing can be lonely and often times misunderstood but to plant my feet firmly with my back against the wall and do the right thing anyway. I use this advice at least once per week. He also had my dad as a student and shared a beloved story about my dad with me: There were racial issues in KPS (late 1960's) and students were divided in the halls in a stand off between classes (white students on one side, students of color on the other). Mr. Kahler asked me if I knew where my dad was (I did not) and then he said, "your dad was walking down the middle of the hall, going to class and earned much respect that day." When the phrase "one of the good guys" was coined, Mr. Kahler absolutely was a member of this group.