James Warren Stapleford SHOKAN- Jim Stapleford, a 36 year resident of Shokan, passed away on the 5th of Nov., 2012 of carbon monoxide poisoning. While attempting to restore electrical power to his home during hurricane Sandy, he was overcome with fumes and perished. James Warren Stapleford was born on Dec. 3,1936 in Goodman, Wis., the first child of Warren Ralph and Harriet Edith (Viner) Stapleford. Jim was a member of the ROTC through high school, was drafted into the army in 1961 during the Cold War era, attained the rank of Sergeant, and received an honorable discharge in Aug. of 1962. He immediately went to work for IBM in Ill., but shortly thereafter moved to Vancouver, Washington. There he married the late Irene Ruth Sargent in June of 1963, the mother of his two children, Karen Anne and John Warren Stapleford, John having died in infancy. Jim married Suzan Hendrickson in April of 1975 in Portland, Ore. Both having a love of history and the outdoors, they spent many weekends with the family at frontier reenactment camping rendezvous and black powder shooting events. Jim helped Susan raise her children, and together they adopted another daughter, Gayle Marie Funkley, born in 1961. Jim was a faithful family man and all the children remember his support at church and school functions with camera in hand. In 1984, Jim and Sue moved to Shokan for better opportunities with IBM in Kingston, but took early retirement after 30 years. He retrained as a veterinarian technician and received an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Science. He later worked for the local companies of Medrex, Partstore, and most recently, Shire Reeves, as a security officer. Proficient in computer use and quite mechanical, he and Sue started their own business, wherein he would do woodwork, tin smithing, black smithing, and fix and craft parts for spinning wheels. He even was invited by President Clinton to contribute a piece of his iron work to the National Christmas Tree in 1999. In addition to his daughter and adopted daughter, Jim is survived by two brothers, Bill Stapleford of Bradenton, Fla., and Mike Stapleford of Beliot, Wis., and a sister, Gretchen Molland, of Caulfield, Mo. Cremation arrangements under the guidance of Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, 27 Smith Avenue. www.jvleahyfh.com.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Nov. 27, 2012