James H. Halterman, Jr.

March 18, 1944February 21, 2021

SGM James Harry Halterman, Jr, Retired

On Sunday, February 21, 2021 SGM James “Jim” H. Halterman, Jr. (Retired) passed away at age 76 while visiting family in Boise, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joan Halterman (previously Warble, previously Harris), his children James Halterman, III of South Carolina, Barbra Pitcher, William “Billy” Warble and his wife Tina of MacKay, Idaho, and Jean K. Watson and her husband Chuck of Baltimore, Maryland. He is also survived by his brothers, Douglas R. Halterman of MacKay, Idaho, and William “Bill” Halterman and his wife Peggy of Virginia. Jim had many nephews and nieces; Douglas Halterman, Jr. and his wife Sunny, Lisa Warner and her husband Bruce, Douglas Kottraba and his wife Dawn, Kimberly Smith, Bill Halterman, Jr., Teresa Baker and her husband Jeff, and Amy Stein. He also had three grandchildren: Nicole K. Jansen, Lilith C. Warble and Spencer J. Halterman, as well as many great nieces and nephews.

James was born on March 18, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland to James, Sr. and Lucille (Long) Halterman. He enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school and served two tours in Vietnam where he received numerous commendations. He then joined the Active Guard and Reserve where he obtained the rank of Sergeant Major. After retiring from active service, Jim continued to serve his country as a Department of Defense employee in Washington, DC. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as Deputy of Force Structure for the National Guard Bureau. He retired from the Department of Defense with many accolades and awards. Jim continued to serve his country as a member and President of the SATS Organization. He enjoyed travel, collecting trains and Marine memorabilia, and spending time with his family.

Services will be held at the Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 2 – 4 p.m. Services will also be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 W. McPhail Road, Bel Air, MD 21014 from 3-5 and 7-9. Jim will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.


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  • Visitation

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    Friday, March 5, 2021


James H. Halterman, Jr.

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John Taylor

March 5, 2021

Jim was a Soldier, Leader, Mentor, and my Friend. A professional at all times dedicated to the Mission and always looking out for others.
John Taylor
Member of the Dog Force ARF

Jean Warble Watson

March 4, 2021

Jim’s song to his children:
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
Never settle for the path of least resistance,
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin',
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”

And we did!

Mas Kuwana

March 3, 2021

Jim (Mr. Halterman to me)
You were one of the first people I met when I got to the Dog Force. You were always willing to share your knowledge, thoughts and advice. You excelled as a leader, mentor and most of all a true friend. Thank you for all of your support the years we worked together. Until we meet again...

Robert (Bob) Schweitzer

March 3, 2021

Jimmy and I first met at the Dundalk (Grollman) armory. We worked together there for number of years . His loyalty to the soldiers and leadership was never in question. Jimmy was just about the hardest working and most determined person I have ever known. We stayed in contact with our careers in the Guard. His hard work and influence at NGB was felt and respected by everyone, especially us folks back in the MDARNG. He always looked out for us. To me he was a true personal friend and soldier in the truest sense of the word. Now that he has fought his final battle, he can rest in peace. RIP SGM.

Tammy Smith

March 1, 2021

A most honorable salute to you Uncle Jimmy for your service to our Country.
Thank you for being an Uncle who willingly helped when needed.
I'll cherish all the laughs and fond Holiday memories always.
I look to the Heavens and smile knowing you are sounding a "Steam Trumpet" (a.k.a. train whistle) whenever a train is near.

Lilith Warble

March 1, 2021

Its truly impossible to put words to the emotions and memories I have of my grandfather. I'll never forget the lunch dates, the words of wisdom, and the kindness he showed me. He could be gentle and kind in a way that would turn tears into laughter like only a grandfather can. We love him. I love him. I miss my pop pop.

Billy Warble

March 1, 2021

I am proud to have called him my father, proud to have known him. He was a true hero in every way, weather it was going to war and defending our country time and time again or just fighting with me about my point of view. He was never afraid of a fight and would fight to the end if the battle was just. We all owe him more than we could ever repay, even those who do not know of him. He was a soldier, a hero, and still a man of love. He loved his family with all of his heart. In the end he had my back and wanted everyone to be okay. He never stopped trying to save the world. That's just who he was. I will miss him. He was part of what built me. He will always be part of me. However, I hurt at the loss of him no longer beside me. The world was better because he was in it. And now I must say goodbye Dad.

Tina Bethoulle

March 1, 2021

Jimmy welcomed me into his family, accepted me as I am, never made me feel judged and always treated me with respect and kindness. Throughout our relationship he has guided me, encouraged me, supported me and inspired me. Countless times he has giving me the strength I needed to get through hard times and offered me a shoulder to lean on. I will cherish the moments we shared alone when he spoke to me from his heart and shared his humble wisdom. Jimmy had a huge heart, a generous nature, and a neverending love for his family. I feel I am a better person for knowing him and I hope to honor the legacy he left behind.

Spencer Halterman

March 1, 2021

I am so thankful that I was able to finally meet you for the first time along with your brothers in 2018 at Uncle Billy's home in Virginia . I will forever hold close all the memories of you in our home, coming to watch me graduate along with the cards and phone calls. I am proud to be your grandson but just wish our time had not been so short and we could have more memories. I am proud to carry your name "James" as I will forever carry you in my heart. I am proud to tell everyone of how you served this county and what a great soldier you were. Gone for now, but never forgotten.
Love always your grandson; Spencer James Halterman

Jimmy Halterman

February 28, 2021

Just a note I can only thank God that me and Spencer not only knew a Hero but had him as a Father and Grandfather. I will always cherish when my Dad watched my son walk across the stage and Graduate, but also just want to say me and Spencer was blessed to have him in your lives but for a short time, but it’s not the length of time but what you do with that time.We will always have you in our hearts as a Father,Grandfather and Protector for your service for us.

Love always your son and grandson
Jimmy and Spencer Halterman