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James Deeter

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James Deeter Obituary
James Blaine Deeter (AKA. Jim, JD "Sherman") February 17, 1938 November 9, 2012 Jim Deeter was the first born of Wilbur and Jean Deeter in Logansport, Indiana. Jim was born on a wintry day in Logansport, Indiana. Though his family moved around a lot in the general area, he always spent weekends on his Grandmother's farm with all of his cousins. Jim joined the Army at age 17 as a dental technician. His first post with the Army was in Heidelberg, Germany. After finding that dental work was not exciting enough for him, he decided to join the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He was stationed in Germany twice and served in Viet Nam in the 25th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received. Jim was also an instructor at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He was last stationed at Fort Hood in the 47th Ordnance Detachment (EOD). Jim also found time to be a member of a top ranked Shooting Team. After retiring from the Army, Jim and a friend opened The Cycle Parts House on Anderson Lane. Jim rode with the Gypsies and was known as "JD" or by his CB handle, "The Capital City Playboy." Jim later spent over 20 years in the Post Office, where he was vital to bringing Attendance Control to a centralized office in the Rio Grande District. Jim lived life to the fullest. He was never still, always chasing one adventure after another, and he never did anything halfway. He loved his life and the people in it. He raced sailboats at the Austin Yacht Club on Lake Travis. While racing the Catalina 22, Jim and crew traveled to National Regattas throughout the United States. When his boys were playing club soccer, you could always find him on the sidelines with a strong opinion about game strategy. With retirement came more free time to try his hand at fishing in the local rivers and lakes by kayak. Fishing didn't take off like he hoped, but he never lost his love of kayaking. He especially enjoyed paddling at Inks Lake State Park with Eileen and his two Chihuahuas, Kate and Max, along for the ride. Jim and group took the kayaks and RV on trips all over the country to visit friends and family. Jim also extensively researched his family genealogy, recently being able to join the Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Deeter, daughters Dawn Beene & Trish Pearson; sons Chris Mayer and Brian Mayer; son-in-law Tommy Beene; grandkids Brandon Beene and Nicole Pearson; brothers Wilbur Deeter (deceased), Dan Deeter and David Deeter; sister Cindy Deeter; sisters-in-law Jane Deeter and Cathy Deeter ; and the furry children, Max and Kate. The Deeter Family greatly appreciated all of the care and support during our many hospital stays over the last four months. We would like to thank Dr. Ellis Doan, Dr. Perrit, and our ICU Nurse, Courtney at St. David's for their warmth, kindness and strength. They helped us and Jim in making tough decisions and kept him comfortable all of the way up to his passing. A visitation will be at 5:00 p.m. on Monday November 12, 2012 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. The service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. The burial will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Jim will be remembered for his love of life, unique sense of humor, and his delight in anything new. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Center of the Intrepid or a charity of your choosing.



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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 11, 2012
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