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James B. Argersinger Jr. Obituary
James B. Argersinger Jr. James B. Argersinger Jr., 57, of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 7, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Fairfax, California, to Flo Rae and Colonel James B. Argersinger, Jim spent most of his life in Texas but enjoyed several years growing up on military bases in California, Japan and Virginia. He graduated from Randolph High School in San Antonio in 1974, where he was a standout athlete in football, basketball and track. Jim continued his education at Southwest Texas State University, earning Business and Agriculture Degrees. During his college years, Jim was an active member of the Southwest Texas State Chapter of the TKE Fraternity. Jim was an incredibly intelligent, athletic and kind man with a sense of humor and wit that made all feel welcome and at home in his presence. His character was solid and his energy and smile were contagious. His accomplishments of being an Eagle Scout, a black belt in karate and competitive jet-skier clearly speak to his versatility and range of talents. Mirroring the variety of his accomplishments, Jim's career path was equally as colorful. During his college days he delivered beer in San Marcos and shod horses around Austin and San Marcos. Jim went on to become a custom home builder in the Austin area and eventually moved on to a consulting position for the military. He loved nature and animals, especially his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Dino and sidekick Trooper. His avocations found him on the golf course, working in the yard, riding his Harley, boating, listening to music, and capturing incredible images with his camera. But by far, Jim's favorite pastime was being in the company of family and friends. Jim is preceded in death by his niece Amy Argersinger. He is survived by his daughter, Leah Fergerson-his most precious gift, his pride and his joy-as well as his son-in-law Ryan Fergerson, of Austin. Jim is also survived by his loving soul mate Lori Hatter, and her son Logan Leamons; his mother Flo Rae Argersinger, and father Colonel James B. Argersinger; his sister Rose Ann Curtis and brother-in-law Ross; his sister Colleen Argersinger and brother-in-law George Ellis; his brother Raymond Argersinger and sister-in-law Luann; his brother Leo Argersinger and sister-in-law Abbie; his sister Kitty Mellenbruch and brother-in-law David; his niece Risa Curtis and her husband Aaron Haggerty and their daughter Alani; his niece Maya Curtis and her husband Christian Strong, and their son Braxton; his nephew Michael Ellis and his wife Ashley; his nephews Ian Ellis, Adam Argersinger and Justin Mellenbruch; his niece Meagan Mellenbruch; his cherished best friend Paul von Heimburg and his wife Rebecca, and their children Elle, Cade and Ava; his step-daughter Brooke Stewart; and many loving aunts, uncles and countless friends. The Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at Austin Ridge Bible Church, 9300 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, Texas, on May 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., with Jim's long-time friend Pastor Jeff Loomis officiating. The Celebration of Life will continue on the shores of Lake Austin immediately following the service. Jim had a strong belief in the importance of life's most basic need-water. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to http://my.charitywater.org/jim-argersinger-memorial-well Family and friends hope to eventually travel to see the water well built in Jim's name.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 11, 2013
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