Our dearly beloved James W. Billings Sr., 83, passed away on March 8, 2011, after a brief illness. He now dwells in heaven where he is reunited with his previously departed loved ones including his daughter, Lisa Myers; and brothers, Esco and Bill Billings. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Rose; and children, James Jr. (June) of Pueblo, Monty (Lu) of Luther, Okla., Jerry (Sheila) of St. Augustine, Fla., Brian (Shelley) of Pueblo; son-in-law, Steve Myers of Salida; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Jim was born to Lorea and Esco Billings Sr. on Feb. 4, 1928, in the same home where he and Rose resided at the time of his death. He graduated from Central High School in 1946, and retired as Assistant Fire Chief in 1979 after 25 years with the Pueblo Fire Department. Jim was an active member of REAC at Eagles Lodge, Aerie #145. He enjoyed life to its fullest and loved his family so very much. Throughout the years, Jim and Rose made over 100 trips to Arkansas to spend cherished time with his brother Bill, who was married to Rose's sister, Norma. We will all greatly miss this wonderful man with his warm smile, thoughtful words, and gentle nature. Viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Service, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Elder Billy Billings officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pueblo Fire Department Museum through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Pop, it’s been over 3 years since left on your heavenly journey. I miss you so much and it still makes me sad when I know you should have stayed with us many more years. I am glad I was able to see you during your last days. Love Jerry

  2. To the entire Billings Family,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you all find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have. Matthew 5:9

  3. Jim and June,

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim’s father. What a great example he set for all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Billings Family, please accept our deepest sympathy and know that our prayers are with you. Bob and Barbara Whaley

  5. We are all so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Know it is a great loss to everybody. He was such a fine man, but know he is in a much better place. He was always a joy to work with. I always enjoyed visiting with him when I had a chance to. He was always so upbeat and cheerful. Know that will be carried on through his family. Sorry we could not attend his service. God Bless all of you.

  6. To Rose and family,
    It was a shock to learn of the passing of Jim. I want to thank both of you for being in this world and making it a better place and for all the kind deeds you did for all of us over the course of your lives. You were good friends to my parents.

  7. Dearest Rose,

    May God be with you in your time of need. I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was the greatest of persons, as are you. I lost my husband of 30 years 3 years ago and realize how tough it is. I can’t even imagine if it had been as long as you, but he is with God, and not to worry, he is happy. You will see him again and he is looking down on you, and waiting patiently to see you again too. God Bless you and your family. Linda and family

  8. Jerry and Billings Family all. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. Rosie and Family: I meet you and your loving husband as a child from my aunt Mary Ann. Little did I know What a special family you have. I remember growing up and still to this day, whenever I would run into you or someone from your family you ALWAYS took time to talk! Thank you!Please accept our Condolences. As I know GOD will continue to be a part of your Life. God Bless!! Ricky & Vicki Carara

  10. With an aching heart and deep sadness, I accept the passing of a great man, knowing he is in the strong arms of the Lord. My Uncle Jim was one of the kindest, most gentle but strong, most spiritual men I have ever known. I admired him tremendously. His living presence enrichened us, while his passing leaves us saddened, but with wonderful memories. My deepest condolences to all his family and friends.

    Larry Criteser

  11. We were the children of the firemen and all very proud of our fathers. Jim Sr. was such a wonderful man. Mom, Dad and I used to bump into him around town and always enjoyed a great conversation. Your family is blessed to have had such a great man. Please accept our condolences.
    Cheryl Spinuzzi
    Mary Hunt
    All the Hunt girls

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