James R. Koors, 78, Batesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his residence.
Born Jan. 14, 1935, in Decatur County, he was the son of Marguerite (Thrine) and Herman Koors. He married Glorian Firsich Dec. 29, 1954, at St. Louis Church, and she preceded him in death July 29, 2012.
Jim served in the Army during the Korean War and after the service started his own painting company. He was a member of St. Louis Church, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271, Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Knights of Columbus Council 1461, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight.
Anyone who knew Jim knew what a prankster he was. He took great delight at teasing, picking on and pranking people, and no one was above being one of his victims. Many will also remember him as a longtime league bowler for the Binders. Jim liked to golf, but according to his family, “he was a better soldier than golfer.” Other activities he enjoyed were going to the boat to try his luck at the casino, listening to the Reds on the radio Sundays when he was grilling and, apparently, he was a bit of a card shark. Among his favorites were seven-up, solo, pinochle and euchre.
His family also indicated Dad had a bit of sweet tooth with an absolute passion for ice cream and pies. Jokester that he was, he was equally proud of his service to his country. During his life, Jim devoted many hours to both the VFW and the Legion, volunteering to march during holidays and parades in addition to serving several decades as a member of the firing squad for the Legion honor guard.
He is survived by his daughter Tress Zielinski, Batesville; sons Andy Koors, Batesville, and Tony Koors, Indianapolis; sister Rite Fields, Oldenburg; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter Tammy Koors; sisters Mary Ann Schroeder and Liz John; and brothers George and Bill Koors.
Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Prell-Bland American Legion and Batesville VFW.
The family requests memorials to Prell-Bland American Legion or Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital.