Jim Harold, TSgt (USAF Retired) of Colorado Springs, passed away on May 5, 2013 after a heroic battle with Heart, Lung and Kidney issues. From birth in Hill City, SD to the foothills of Pikes Peak, he became a Man, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend and a Proud Air Force Veteran. He married Sylvia Irma Jaramillo on December 27, 1958 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO. During his 26 year AF career, Jim and his family were stationed in Little Rock, AK; St. Louis, MO; Bangor, ME; and Tachikawa AFB, Japan. He also served during the Vietnam War. Jim received many medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons and retired to Colorado Springs in July 1974. After the AF, Jim worked for the City of Colorado Springs as a Bus Driver for 18 years, retiring in 1993. He then worked as a Bus Driver for District 11. He loved the students he served and felt like he was giving back to his community. After 5 years he retired again, only to start working again for UCCS as a Shuttle Driver. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sylvia Harold; his children, Kathleen and her partner Jackye Dunn of Tacoma, Jim of Denver, Vicki and her husband Jerry Lawrence of Harrisonburg, and Tom and Tammy Harold of Colorado Springs; his grandchildren Shelby and Carly (Tom) and Corwin, Alena and Madelyn (Vicki); his brothers Don and Alvin. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Ernestina of Hill City, SD; his brothers, Melvin and Jack; and his sisters, Helen, Edna and Edith. Jim will be enshrined at the National Cemetery, in Colorado Springs. A Memorial Service/Reception will be held at The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)on June 28, 2013 at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice. A Special Thanks to the staff and his caregivers from Pikes Peak Hospice. Their amazing care and compassion made the last year of his life very comfortable.
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Published in The Gazette on May 26, 2013