OBITUARY

SSG James Ivan Motsinger

February 18, 1976October 31, 2018

SSG James Ivan Motsinger, age 42, passed on October 31, 2018 In Radcliffe, KY.

James is survived by his daughters, Tatum Motsinger and Kaelynn Motsinger, of Fort Worth, Texas; his former wife Erica Motsinger, of Fort Worth, Texas, his mother and stepfather, Brenda Motsinger and Ruben N. Salazar, Jr, his father, Jerry Motsinger of Grand Prairie, Texas, his twin brother, Jeremy Motsinger and wife Kim of Frisco, Texas, his sister, Jennifer Salazar Neal and husband Brandon of New Bern, North Carolina, his grandfather JE “Dick” Alexander, his uncle James Alexander and wife Linda of Ardmore, OK, his aunts Barbara Alexander Barnard and husband Perry of Grand Prairie, Texas, Iva Motsinger Vieweger and husband John of Houston, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, his Army family and motorcycle club family. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Loise Marie Alexander of Grand Prairie, Texas and paternal grandparents, Ivan and Juanita Motsinger of Grand Prairie, TX.

James was born on February 18, 1976 in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1995. He enlisted in the US Army in 1998 and completed basic training at Fort Sill, OK and was Honorably discharged in 2014. He proudly served in South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. He had a distinguished service record earning an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 3 Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medical with 2 Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He was proud to serve his country and was an excellent soldier.

James was a great family man and a loving father. He married Erica Mumaw on October 30, 1999 in Fort Worth, Texas and the couple had 2 children together.

James was a social, active man who was deeply involved in Wounded Warriors. He enjoyed life, time with his daughter and spending time with his Army family and motorcycle club family. His family and friends will always remember him as a warm, caring, loving person, with a great sense of humor. We will never know the extent of his service to our county or what he saw and what he did to protect our freedom. We can only pray that those demons are finally gone and he will rest in peace.

James will be interred at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas at a date and time to be announced. There will also be a memorial reception immediately following (details to follow).

All are welcome to attend and celebrate James’ life. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in James’ name to woundedwarriorproject.org or patriotguard.org

Services

  • Inurnment Service Thursday, November 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

SSG James Ivan Motsinger

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kevin lewis

November 14, 2018

Thoughts of comfort and condolences to the grieving family.

Prayers to all in this time of need.

Rest in peace.

SSG Kevin Lewis
PGR Texas
US Army, Retired

Jane Clark

November 8, 2018

What a sweet boy James was as a young man, as I first knew him and particularly when he married Erica! I still remember his wedding, and how beautiful it was and how happy he was too. Such wonderful times to remember. Then James grew up and became such a good man, taking care of his country in the military and his children, the girls, as they grew up. I still remember that skinny young boy, and he was very respectful and just cheerful when I knew him. i also remember how much he loved his mother, Brenda, as they would meet and he would listen to her advice which was always kind and reasonable. It did my heart good to know that James would meet with his Mom and spend the day when she was off work. I will miss this kind soul, good warrior, and good father too. James was a quiet guy and kept things to himself, but no one knew him better than his Mother, who loved him more than the Sun and the Moon. Jeremy, James' brother, was always there for him too, and they were twins but such different and interesting personalities. James will be more than missed and I will miss, now that he was settled in Texas after all the wars he saw, the time I might have been able to spend with him. God's the lucky one now! Much love, Jane

April Thomas

November 8, 2018

I first met James right out of high school. He was like a big brother to me. I would drag him everywhere! Haunted houses, six flags, parties, Denny’s at 2:00am while he would throw bacon at me as I would be so tired asleep on the table. I can hear him laughing at me! Then...I met Erica! My dear sweet Erica! It was all over for James! He was the third wheel following behind us girls carrying our purses. Haha! Oh man! He took good care of us! Then those sweet beautiful girls came along! So loving and funny. Oh James ...I can’t believe you are gone my friend. Just doesn’t seem real. May you Rest In Peace. ❤️

Mario Martinez

November 7, 2018

I met James when we both attended Combat Eng school in March of 2008. He was always upbeat and had this smirk on his face. Couldnt help like the guy. We stayed in touch for about two years during our deployment, and a bit after. But unfortunately, like most men, we drifted apart over the last few years. The main thing that always drew me to him was his love of service and love for his family. He will be greatly missed. Praying for all his loved one's to find comfort in the Lord in this time of great loss.

Donna Ellington Vance

November 7, 2018

When I think of James and Jeremy, there is a certain picture that comes to mind! They are little boys, probably 3-4 ish, sitting in Aunt Erma's lap in the living room of Granny, Papaw and Aunt Erma's house! They were such cute little fellows! I hate that the miles between us kept us from being able to see them grow up! We cousins always had the best time in the summer when you all came home to visit! I love you, Bren and Jeremy! Praying for God's comfort and peace to sustain you all in the days to come... Much love...Donna

Mari Sidwell

November 7, 2018

As your 1SG in Iraq, I was impressed by your professionalism, honor, and sense of humor. It is a sad day for us mortals on earth, but I'm confident you are continuing the watch over our brothers and sisters in arms. Time for you to rest easy, mission complete Staff Sergeant, and your shiny side will always be up.

CSM(R) Sidwell

Carolyn Campono

November 6, 2018

I only got to spend a brief amount of time with James , Erica and the girls when I visited from FL to see my family ( the Chanudet’s ) in Ft Knox KY .. I immediately adopted them as my family too .. I enjoyed them so much .. such a precious family and we kept in touch for years now through Facebook .. my heart breaks for all who loves and will miss James .. I pray James finally has the peace he deserves .. sending love to you Erica and the girls and lots of prayers

Carrie Chanudet

November 6, 2018

So much respect & love for a man who was always like a brother to me. I’ll always remember our “talks” ❣️ and that one time in my kitchen—stitches were involved! good times always were had with you...Rest in peace now, we love you.
Our support & condolences to His girls, Erica, his family & all who love & knew him. A loss too soon that will be deeply felt amongst us all. Hugz & prayers

FROM THE FAMILY