James A. "Jim" Halleck, 65, formerly of Evergreen, died of a heart attack July 3, 2013. Jim lived in Evergreen from 1976 to 2000. He and his wife, Martha J. (Marte) Halleck, have lived Cortez since 2000.
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Born in Hammond, Ind., in 1948, Jim grew up outside Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University. At SIU, he took a class from Buckminster Fuller and developed an interest in geodesic domes, which he later applied to housing and stained glass.
He served in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne in Vietnam, where he received three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. When he was recovering from a battle-related leg wound, he was further injured during treatment. Nonetheless, he overcame these and many other challenges and worked in construction for many years. Later, when his health forced him out of construction, he received a degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver in computer science for business. He fixed computers and managed rental property in the Evergreen area before retiring to Cortez.
Jim married the former Marte Beardslee, a longtime resident of Evergreen and Georgetown, in 1976. He was a devoted husband, and was a loyal friend to many. He loved to cook. He was always willing to lend a hand, some tools and his unceasing energy to friends in need. Once, when a renter's Thanksgiving turkey caught fire, he put out the fire and cooked the family another dinner.
In Cortez, he was an active volunteer for local veterans' groups, especially the Disabled American Veterans chapter, driving veterans to doctor appointments as far away as Albuquerque.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years; his stepchildren, Kristin Andersen (Karl) and Paul Kessler (Laura); a grandson, Nathan Kessler; Jessica, a granddaughter by marriage; Natalie, a great-granddaughter by marriage; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Abraham (Abe) and Ruth (Williamson) Halleck, and sisters Elizabeth Colt, Dianne Halleck and Ruth Ann Bruzelius.
A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Cortez Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Disabled American Veterans or a veterans group of your choice.
Published in Canyon Courier from Aug. 21 to Aug. 27, 2013