OBITUARY

James D. Stirling

January 5, 1929May 25, 2018
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James D. Stirling, 89 of Highland, Indiana, passed away at home on May 25th and began his first day in Paradise. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Donna; his three children, Kurt (Kathy) Stirling, Tina (John) Garcia, and Cary (LuAnn) Stirling; his eight grandchildren, Jim Stirling, Kelly (Jose) Lagunas, Geneva, Zachary, Grant, and Meredith Garcia, April (Kevin) Boyd, and Aimee (Tim) Dupin; his eight great grandchildren, Daman, Tony, Aliyah, Isabella, Jordan, Brady, Brooklyn, and Jensen; his brother Raymond Stirling; and his sister-in-law, Karen Barreiro. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Vera Stirling; siblings, Beverly, Betty, William, Jack, Daniel, and Roberta. Jim graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1947 and cherished his high school years. Jim proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War in Occupied Germany, and thereafter became a dental technician. Jim was also a proud business owner of Stirling Dental Laboratory, which has been in operation for over 50 years. Stirling Dental Laboratory is a longtime supporter of Donated Dental. In 1960, Jim and Donna became members of the First Church of Christ in Highland. The church was Jim's second home and his church community was Jim's second family. Jim was a true servant of God and a leader at his church. Jim faithfully served his church family in many capacities, most notably as a teacher, deacon, and elder. Jim loved his family and never missed an event. Jim coached his own children and attended all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren's sporting events, school activities and programs, birthdays, graduations, and weddings. Jim also loved swimming, fishing, golfing and playing ping pong with his family and friends. All of which has given Jim and his family much joy and many wonderful memories. Jim's nickname, "Sweet Jim," truly embodied Jim's personality as a kind, generous, caring, and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother, neighbor, and friend. Visitation will be held at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road) Highland, IN 46322 on Wednesday, May 30th from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at Kuiper Funeral Home Thursday, May 31, at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Church of Christ in Highland, Hospice of the Calumet Area, or your charity organization of choice.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

James D. Stirling

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Meredith Garci

June 3, 2018

GRANDPA,

THE LIFE YOU LIVED WAS A TESTIMONY TO OUR FAITH AS CHRISTIANS. YOUR HEART AND LOVE WAS THE PUREST. WHEN I THINK OF YOU I WILL REMEMBER TO TRUST IN AND LEAN ON GOD AND TO LOVE LIFE AND THOSE AROUND ME, EVERYDAY. I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU DEARLY.

YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER,
MEREDITH

Zach Garcia

May 30, 2018

“The universe is the primary revelation of the divine, the primary scripture, the primary locus of divine-human communication.”
― Thomas Berry

Whether it was filling the bird feeder, growing radishes in the driveway, fishing, or swimming, Grandpa appreciated and loved the great creations indebted to us on Earth. His love for nature was a scripture and a reflection of God. Grandpa saw that immense and expansive beauty. His daily communication with God grounded him in this world. By grounding himself, he was able to orient himself, his beliefs, and others in this world. By orienting himself, he was able to nourish himself and others - spiritually, physically, and emotionally. By nourishing others, Grandpa helped transform himself and others in this world.

The energy produced by these deeds, loves, jokes, passions, laughs, and whistles from Grandpa are still here with us. They were always here, they are here, and they will always be here. Gratitude to Grandpa, this world, and the divine. What a wonderful journey with Grandpa.

Geneva Garcia

May 30, 2018

Dear Grandpa:

Thank you for always being there, whether it was basketball, tennis, an orthodontist appointment, or a high school dance, and for taking all of the pictures.

Thank you for helping me with my apartment. You helped me put up curtains in every room, and ran the carpet cleaner, cut my wooden bed frame, and helped put my furniture together.

Thank you for being a pillar in our church community and instilling faith in mom, so that we could all be raised in the church and learn the word of God. I feel blessed that you were the one who baptized me.

Thank you for always keeping the pool clean and sparkly so that we could come over everyday in the summer to swim and hang out with you and grandma.

Thank you for supporting one of my favorite hobbies, writing, and for reading all of my articles.

Thank you for all of the thoughtful and witty birthday cards. I still look at them today and have a good laugh.

Thank you for all of the Miner Dunn memories with grandma, mom, and Meredith.

Thank you for your patience, kindness, and unconditional love. I have never seen you get angry once!

I am incredibly thankful and grateful that you are my grandpa and friend. We have so many memories together, I cherish each and every one. I miss you very much, but I am sure you know that.

Love always,
Grandpa's Girl,
Little Sister,
Granddaughter,
Empress,
Geneva G. Glenn Garcia,
G

Aimee Dupin

May 29, 2018

Gramps- I will cherish the 34 years of unforgettable memories that I have with you! I am grateful that Brooklyn and Jensen were able to spend 3 fabulous years with you! I will always remind them of the fun Fridays we had together and they will always hold dear to them Papa's button shirts! ❤ We will hold all the memories in our hearts forever! We miss you greatly and love you so much!!! ❤😙
Tim, Aimee, Brooklyn, Jensen

April Boyd

May 29, 2018

Dear Grampa Do,
I am so lucky to have a lifetime full of wonderful memories with you!!
Your pool
New Years Eve
Brantwood park
Tennis
Golfing
Basketball
Church VBS
Jordan’s baptism
Wednesdays
Movies
Baseball
Softball
Birthdays
Catch with Brady
Our wedding
We love you so much!!
❤️April, Kevin,Jordan,Brady

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