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James Donelan II

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James Donelan III, 83, of Fort Collins, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

He was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Colby, Kan., to Hazel and James Donelan Jr. In 1934, the family moved to Keenesburg, where his dad opened a grocery store. Jimmy, as he was then called, lived with his family in an apartment at the rear of the business for the next 20 years. He was active in sports and worked at the Foster Lumber Company during his high school years. He graduated from Keenesburg High School in 1948 and attended the University of Colorado for a year. He returned to Keenesburg to again work for the lumber company as an assistant manager and bookkeeper.

Jim married Gloria Nelson of Lakewood, on Oct. 1, 1950. Soon after, he joined the 140th Colorado Air National Guard, and was activated on April 1, 1952. He trained for the U.S. Air Force in Denver at Buckley Air Base and at the Squadron in Burbank, Calif. After his service career, he returned to Keenesburg to assist his father in the grocery business for the next four years.

Jim then worked for H.W. Moore Equipment Co., a Denver-based firm that sold industrial road building equipment. His duties included billing, payroll and accounts payable.

During these years Jim and Gloria continued their life in Keenesburg and The Lord blessed them with three beautiful daughters, Patricia, Gale, and Carol.

The family then moved to Greeley, where for the next three years Jim worked as a store manager at the new downtown Foodliner. He was then hired by Dick and Milt Uhlenhopp to open a new supermarket in Sterling. The U-Save Supers store was an immediate success and within three years earned the Associated Grocers' Top Sales Volume Store Award. The Uhlenhopp brothers bought another supermarket in Sterling in which Jim was a 1/3 partner, and was appointed General Manager of both stores. Later, Jim bought Dick Uhlenhopp's interest in the two Sterling stores. He was elected to the Associated Grocers of Colorado board of Directors for two 3-year terms. During this time, Jim was instrumental in building an AG warehouse in Denver.

On Dec. 14, 1973, he married a wonderful woman, Thelma Karsten. His new marriage brought great joy to Jim's life, as he not only had a new wife, but also became a stepfather to four wonderful children; Colin, Sandy, Jon, and Joe.

He became the sole owner of both U-Save Supers stores when he purchased Milt Uhlenhopp's interest. Jim's excellent leadership style resulted in a loyal and enthusiastic management team and a strong work ethic in his younger staff.

Jim enlarged the south U-Save Supers store which became the first supermarket in the state to scan groceries. He expanded his grocery operation to Alliance, Neb. In 1982, Jim sold the two Sterling U-Save Supers stores to Sixth Street Markets. At the age of 52 Jim found himself retired.

His interests included the love of flying, which led to a pilot's license and many cross country trips, golfing, and fishing. In his retirement, Jim and Thelma had the opportunity to travel the world and most of the 50 states; they belonged to golf clubs and lived in Indian Wells, Calif., Keystone and Fort Collins.

They met and enjoyed the friendships of people from all walks of life. Together they blended their respective families, and God blessed them with the love of three sons, four daughters, eleven grandchildren and one great grandson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Thelma; his children, Colin Karsten and wife Patty, Sandy Barnes and husband Denny, Patricia Grant and husband Tom, Gale Eveleth and husband Doug, Carol Steinsiek and husband Dirk, Jon Karsten and wife Jane; grandchildren, Jenny Naughton and husband Chad, Greg Grant and wife Siu, Joan Grant, Shauna Steinbach, Ryan Steinbach and wife Ann, Brooke Karsten, Kendall Karsten, Sara Moll and husband Bryan, Leslie Barnes, Jonathan Karsten, Chad Karsten; and great-grandson, Avery.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Hazel Donelan; his sister, Mary Ann Rapp; and his youngest son, Joe.

Memorial contributions in Jim's honor may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins, CO, 80525.

Visit www.goesfuneralcare.com for more information.

Published in Journal Advocate on Jan. 2, 2014
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