James W. 'Jim' Tarter, 72, passed away January 27, 2010, after a brave fight with cancer. Jim was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Nancy, Ky. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dorothy Tarter; children, Teresa Pinney-Wylie of Salt Lake City, Utah, Charles Pinney of Albuquerque, N.M., Craig (Kim) Pinney of Colorado Springs, Christopher Pinney of Pueblo, Angela Bryant and James Tarter, both of Ft. Walton Beach, Flor. and Susan (Mark) Simpson of Mobile, Ala.; sister, Loria (Dale) Letson of Lafayette, Ind.; and brother, Rod (Carrie) Tarter of Talbot, Ind.; and grandchildren, Amber, Symantha, Kailee, Scot, Graham, Patrick, Hannah, Samantha and Patricia. Jim served 20 years in the US Air Force where he worked on Bomarc and Minuteman missiles. In 1974, he retired from Vandenberg AFB as a Master Sgt. He then worked for ServiceMaster, Rehab Institute of West Florida and Warren County School Board in Kentucky. From 1981 to 2003, he worked at Parkview Medical Center where he served as Director of Environmental Service and Maintenance, and ended his career there as Director of Facility Development and Construction. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of B-24 Museum and Air Force Misseleers. At Jim's request, there will be no viewing or service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Scattering will take place on his land in his beloved Kentucky. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Joni Fair Hospice House or B-24 Museum through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dot, Chris, & Pat, I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me to be a part of your family and to have you be such a big part of Scot and Graham’s lives. And as I’ve said before, the boys were absolutely blessed to have Jim and Dot for their grandparents. Jim was one of a kind in the best way possible, and the boys and I will always cherish our memories of him and all the good times at Grama & Papa’s.
    Take good care of yourselves and each other during this sad time, and know our thoughts are with you. Love, Betsy

  2. Dottie and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. I had the priviledge to have met you and your family and I was blessed to be able to participate in Jim’s care. It was also a privilege to be supportive to you through your trying times. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss and I know it will be very hard for you when this all of this over. Remember all of the good years and good times the two of you spent together and those memories will brighten your day with a smile and even tears at times. My prayers are with you and take care of your well being as well. Your children will be there to support you through this trying time. God Bless you and your family Joyce Abila-Hacsi RN

  3. Dottie, Teresa and Family,
    Even though years have passed since our last meeting we have very fond memories of Jim and are very sorry for your loss. We are honored to have known Jim. His dedication to Parkview Medical Center was appreciated and his accomplishments there will always be remembered. Thank you for sharing Jim with all of us, Dottie. We are thinking about you and keeping you all in our prayers. May God be with you bringing you comfort at this very sad time.
    Most sincerely,
    Gordon and Helen Murley

  4. We have lost our wonderful brother-in-law, but he will always be close in our hearts and minds. He will never be forgotten. Dot, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always be there for you. We love you.

  5. Most of my contact with Jim was over the fence separating our back yards, but I know he was well liked in his job and at the Aircraft Museum. I remember Jim as an expert fence mender and he refused to let me help or provide the new pickets. My son Bob knows him (Museum) and thought the world of him also. I’ll miss seeing him pushing the lawn mower around the back yard. My deepest sympathy goes out to Dorothy and the family. May God Bless You All.
    Bob Dyleski

  6. It was my deep privilege to be one of the nurse’s to care for Jim during his last days. His courage during such trying circumstances was an inspiration to us all. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to lend my support at the end, but please know my thoughts were with him and his family at all times, and my prayers are now that God will give you His comfort and peace as you face the difficult days ahead without Jim. My deepest sympathy to you all. Verna

  7. Hi Dot,

    My condolences to you and your family. Jim was a wonderful person and could really tell a great story. I will miss him.

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