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James Herbert Falkenrath
October 21, 1940 - February 3, 2022
Lt. Colonel James Herbert Falkenrath, US Army, Retired, 81, of Locust Grove, VA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 3, 2022 surrounded by his family. Jim, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and stepfather waged a heroic 15 year battle with Parkinson's disease.
Jim was born in Racine, Wisconsin on October 21, 1940 to Aleene and Herbert Falkenrath. He attended St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, WI and graduated in 1959. Jim earned a degree in Mathematics from Ripon College in 1963 and was in its ROTC program while there. He was an active member of Sigma Nu fraternity and Vice President of his class.
Jim was commissioned into the US Army and began his active duty in 1964, proudly serving a 21 year career. His assignments took him all over the world, including Germany, France, Vietnam (two tours), Korea, Alabama, Virginia, and Hawaii. From 1977 to 1979, Jim served as Logistics Staff Officer while assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command (CID) in Virginia as a member of the Command Logistics Review Team (CLRT). Later, from 1981 to 1984, he served as a commanding officer within HQ USA Worldwide Military Command and Control System (WWMCCS) ADP DIV, Fort Shafter on Oahu, Hawaii. Jim's final assignment was as WWMCCS Project Manager within the US Army Command and Control Support Agency for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service. For his service in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.
Jim earned his MBA from the University of Alabama in 1971 and became an Alabama football fan of a team led by legendary coach Bear Bryant – he still cheered them on and enjoyed watching them play every season. And of course, Jim was a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
Upon retiring from the Army in 1985, Jim went to work for Honeywell Federal Systems Inc. (HFSI) as a Tech Support Manager leading successful software development projects including major computer upgrades and installation efforts throughout the Republic of South Korea. He was a devoted manager and leader to his personnel and to his recipient customers.
Jim and his wife built their dream home in Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, VA and on weekends he helped the builder work on the house… Jim was in his element! He eased himself into retirement by building docks and having fun with it, but soon it was time to pursue other passions. Golf was his game and because his foursome had the first tee time, he would always laughingly tell his wife he was "going to the office." Jim and his buddies shared many hilarious golfing adventures over the years.
Traveling was an important part of his life and there were so many adventures throughout the years with old friends and new. Jim took his family rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon for an unforgettable 8 days. On another amazing trip, he offered his assistance to provide logistical support to a high school string orchestra during the school's concert tour in Germany and Austria… that was Jim, always offering to pitch in and help when needed with his special skills. Even after his Parkinson's diagnosis, he was still traveling abroad for another 10 years. He was an intrepid traveler.
Jim had a great zest for life! He was a phenomenal listener with a sly wit that still snuck out just weeks before he passed away. No one could disagree that his smile would light up a room. He was a generous, kind, and loving father, husband, and friend who will be missed by all. His long battle with Parkinson's disease spoke volumes about his inner strength and character.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; children, Michael Falkenrath (Jennifer Finnell) and Michelle Winner Moser (Matthew); grandchildren, Case and Marie Falkenrath, Paul James Winner and Jamisan Winner; stepchildren, Julie and Billy Lowndes; and step-granddaughter Charlotte Lowndes Brandt. Jim is also survived by his brother, Richard Falkenrath (Dee).
Jim was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Mary Ann Egbert; infant grandson, Brisan Winner; and his former spouse, Judith Frances Falkenrath.
A service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
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