James A. “Jim” Tausworthe, 83, son of Clem and Florence (Drew) Tausworthe, was born July 26, 1928, in Asherton, Texas. He passed away to his heavenly home on January 27, 2012, with his loved ones by his side at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gene Tausworthe; a granddaughter, Megan; and a sister, Ann Bye.
Jim was raised in Texas and graduated from Bastrop High School. He joined the United States Air Force in 1946 and served his country shortly after WWII until he was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Staff Sergeant. He graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics.
Jim was a commercial pilot and gave flight instructions. He was passionate about flying. He also worked for Sinclair Oil and Gas for many years.
Jim married Mildred “Millie” Eades on May 8, 1982. It was then they started their ministry of marriage teaching love and understanding with their family and everyone they came in contact with. They enjoyed almost 30 years of love and laughter. Life for Jim and Millie was always an adventure.
He is survived by his wife, Millie, of their home in Houston, Mo.; a son, David Tausworthe and wife, Patricia, of Hockley, Texas; and a daughter, Brenda Tausworthe of League City, Texas; three grandchildren, Erin, Casey and Nathan; and three great-grandchildren, Jayden, Haylie and Avery. Jim is also survived by two brothers, Robert and his wife, Camilla, and Bill and his wife, Clarwana; a sister, Judy Bowers; and many friends who will miss him greatly.
Jim was born with a servant’s heart, which is apparent in his children’s eyes and hearts as they have grown into adults. He was always giving of himself. As a young man in the service, he would send most of his paycheck back home to his mother so she could take care of his younger brothers and sister affording her the opportunity to go back to school to become a teacher so that they all could have a better life.
He was a very talented, brilliant, interesting and unique man throughout his life. If he could no longer do something, he always found something that he could do. After being unable to fly, he learned how to fly remote control airplanes. Additionally, he took art and writing lessons and painted portraits of his children as well as numerous aviation paintings. Jim also learned to write and wrote well. He has fourteen published novels. Jim loved to dance, was always so easy-going and had a great laugh. He never said a harsh word about anyone. He lived his life with inner strength. Leading by example and teaching his children, wife, and friends how wonderful life can be if you live it with Love.
His life was an example of the scripture, I Corinthians 13:4: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Although Jim is gone, we take peace in knowing he is now rejoicing with the one he loved so dear, our Savior Jesus Christ. His presence will be greatly missed, but he lives in our hearts forever.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Ch 1218, 810 Bryan St., Willow Springs, Mo., 65793. Donations will be sent to the Missouri Honor Flight, in Jim’s honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Services were 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial with full military honors was 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. Pallbearers were Bob Johnson, Clyde Holsapple, Lance Hale, Loren Long, Charles Ward and Tom White. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.