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James (Jim) Stephen Litz
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS-James (Jim) Stephen Litz, age 52, left his earthly home on Sept. 7, 2012, while on assignment in Panama for U.S. Customs.
Jim was born on April 2, 1960, in Marquette, Michigan, to Gladys and James M. Litz. At 6 years of age, Jim's dad passed away. His mother later remarried to Richard Kullmann who helped raise Jim and his younger sister Debra. Jim then lost his second dad Richard Kullmann when he passed away in 2002.
Jim grew up in Kingston, N.Y., and graduated from Kingston Senior High School in 1978. Jim began his professional career in the United States Navy after completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May of 1982. His first tour of duty was in Corpus Christi completing basic and intermediate flight training. From there he was assigned to Patrol Squadron Twenty-three in Brunswick, Maine where he became a P-3 Patrol Plane Commander and rose to the rank of lieutenant. Following that tour of duty, he was assigned to Aviation Training Squadron Twenty-seven as flight instructor back in Corpus Christi where he was honorably discharged before taking a position with the U.S. Customs Service as a P-3 Pilot in Aug. of 1990. Jim held many collateral duty positions during his 22 years with Customs, most notably, as the Commands Primary Firearms Instructor. He saw the many changes that the Customs Service underwent, eventually becoming a part of Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security. One of the major changes to personally affect him was the introduction of the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle which he recently became qualified to operate. He looked forward to utilizing his many aviation skills for the next several years and continuing to serve his country proudly.
In his spare time, Jim loved playing golf, going fishing and hunting, tinkering with cars and boats, following sports of all kinds, especially UIW Golf (where his son played), Fantasy Football, reading, and partaking in the culinary wonders of the world.
Jim was, as one friend put it, "a really responsible, giant kid." Jim was truly content when he was joined by his family and friends in these many activities. He served as a shining example of a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, offering love, kindness, compassion, and wisdom to all. He was known for his fast smile and his even faster wit.
Jim will most certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him because he was blessed with an ability to bring joy and laughter to even the saddest situations. Even in death, the memories we have of him make us smile and laugh out loud.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years Ludie Abeto Litz, daughter Laurie Abeto Amagan (Donna Yeaw), daughter Denise Amagan Thornton (Matthew), son Stephen Jay Litz, mother Gladys Litz Kullmann, sister Debra Litz Fletcher (Tim), mother-in-law Esperanza Revereza Abeto, brothers-in-law Robert Abeto (Ligaya), Angel Abeto (Remy), Eric Abeto (Emma), Sonny Abeto (Cory), Jay-R Abeto (Teri), and Gil Dimalanta, sister-in-law Thelma Abeto Peterson (Doug), dearest cousin Danny Brown (Debbie), numerous extended family members and countless friends and co-workers, all who loved Jim and will miss him dearly.
Jim is preceded in death by his father James M. Litz, stepfather Richard Kullmann, grandparents Gladys and Joseph Betley, Sr., Randolph and Irma Litz, and Charles and Irene Kullmann, father-in-law Reynaldo Abeto, Sr. and sister-in-law Teresita Abeto Dimalanta.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church on Waldron Road. Interment to follow at Duncan Cemetery in Flour Bluff.
Arrangements by the Seaside Funeral Home, Corpus Christi, Texas. www.seasidefuneral.com
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of contributions to the American Heart Society, 121 Executive Drive, Suite 200, New Windsor, N.Y. 12533.
Published in Daily Freeman on Sept. 13, 2012
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