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James I. “Jim” Poole

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James I. “Jim” Poole Veteran

Birth
Clearfield, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
26 Feb 2009 (aged 89)
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 15 - Block 54 NW
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James I. Poole, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1964, passed away quietly in his home. He was born and grew up in Clearfield, PA the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hughie A. Poole.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary (Leffler); son, James; brother, Blair and sisters, Vivian and Wanda.

He is survived by children, Daniel and Leslie; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jason; and brother, Wayne. Jim was in the 104th Calvary, Pennsylvania National Guard and called to active military duty on January 1941. He graduated in October 1942 from Spence Field, GA as a Staff Sergeant Fighter Pilot and commissioned as Flight Officer in 1943.

During WWII Jim flew the P-40 and P-47 in combat over North Africa being wounded and shot down (landing in a wheat field) over allied territory, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of the 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group having initially taking off from the U.S.S. Ranger aircraft carrier into Casablanca.

Jim later went on to Command radar stations in Alaska and the oceanic ⿿Texas Tower⿝, finishing up his 31 years in the Air Force at NORAD in Colorado Springs. Jim enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding and spending time in the outdoors with his family.

His greatest passion was loving and caring for his family and grandchildren. He is and always will be deeply loved and missed, and our cherished hero.

Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Arrangements by Swan Law Funeral Home.
James I. Poole, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1964, passed away quietly in his home. He was born and grew up in Clearfield, PA the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hughie A. Poole.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary (Leffler); son, James; brother, Blair and sisters, Vivian and Wanda.

He is survived by children, Daniel and Leslie; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jason; and brother, Wayne. Jim was in the 104th Calvary, Pennsylvania National Guard and called to active military duty on January 1941. He graduated in October 1942 from Spence Field, GA as a Staff Sergeant Fighter Pilot and commissioned as Flight Officer in 1943.

During WWII Jim flew the P-40 and P-47 in combat over North Africa being wounded and shot down (landing in a wheat field) over allied territory, receiving the Purple Heart. He was a member of the 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group having initially taking off from the U.S.S. Ranger aircraft carrier into Casablanca.

Jim later went on to Command radar stations in Alaska and the oceanic ⿿Texas Tower⿝, finishing up his 31 years in the Air Force at NORAD in Colorado Springs. Jim enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding and spending time in the outdoors with his family.

His greatest passion was loving and caring for his family and grandchildren. He is and always will be deeply loved and missed, and our cherished hero.

Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Arrangements by Swan Law Funeral Home.


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