James R. Jannasch, Jr., 92, beloved uncle and friend to all, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Jim was born February 7, 1922 in Galveston to Florence Poplar Jannasch and James R. Jannasch, Sr., and attended St. Patrick School and Kirwin High School. In 1942, he began four years of service to his country as a member of the US Army during World War II. After attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and receiving the Bronze Star, he returned home in 1946 and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1949. He proudly wore his UT ring every day and was never seen without it.
Jim went on to become Personnel Director at UTMB Galveston until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Galveston Historical Foundation, the VFW, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and was the President Emeritus and founder of the UTMB Retirees Association.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Edna Jean Jannasch King; and his brother-in-law, Albert E. King, Jr.
He is survived by his niece, Margaret Jean Nigbor and her husband, Donald; his nephew, Albert E. King, III; great nephew, Peter Nigbor; great nieces: Carolyn (Michael) Thompson, Jill (Justin) Journeay, and Angela (Andrew) Ray; as well as five great great nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He is also survived by several cousins and countless friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Tuesday, July 15th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, in Galveston, with a vigil and rosary recited at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
Funeral mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 16th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1010 35th Street in Galveston, with Father EJ Stein as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Mausoleum in Galveston.
Pallbearers will be Peter Nigbor, Michael Thompson, Justin Journeay, Andrew Ray, Jill Journeay, Angela Ray, Thomas Journeay, and Aiden Thompson.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Uncle Jim will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and positive outlook on life. He was a quintessential Southern gentleman who never met a stranger. He will remain in our hearts forever.