JAMES R. STUEDLI
Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 17, 1933 to Alfred Stuedli and Emma Dargatz Stuedli. He attended school in the local area, graduating from Rufus High School in 1952. He worked for a short time at Globe Union, Inc. and joined the U.S. Navy in 1953. He served aboard the USS St. Paul for 4 years and was discharged in 1957. He went to college in Milwaukee and graduated summa cum laude in 1961 with a degree in business and finance.
When he was in the Navy he met Carolyn Zeiger, through his best friend in the Navy and Carolyn’s roommate in college in 1956. They met briefly in 1956 and then corresponded throughout the year until Jim was discharged and Carolyn graduated. And the rest is history. Carolyn was the love of his life. They married in 1958 and had three children. When Jim graduated in 1961, they had two of their three children and had bought a small home. Their third child was born in Atlanta, Ga.
Upon graduation, Jim once again worked for Globe Union, Inc-which later was purchased by Johnson Control—the automotive battery division. He worked in the corporate office in the finance division and ultimately became the first finance manager in one of the battery manufacturing plants. Jim was promoted to plant manager. He managed plants in several states and retired from Johnson Control in Louisville, Ky.
Jim was a family man. Jim was very active in his Church (in all the various states) and enjoyed travel, visiting with friends and being active in and around their home. He always stated that his legacy was his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 plus years, Carolyn, three children: Mary Carol Williams (Kendall), Robert James, and Richard William (Lynne), and two grandchildren: Nicholas and Alexandra and one step grandchild Ken Keel (Jessie). He was known for his big smile and helping hand. He will be missed.