James “Jim” Stalker

James “Jim” Stalker

February 4, 1937 – March 17, 2020


Age 83, of Bellevue passed away peacefully March 17th.

Survived by wife of 61 years, Mary; children: Sue (Rick) Knott, Mike (Anne) Stalker, Tim (Tammy) Stalker, and Kathie (Steve) Garabrandt; grandchildren: Jeremy, deceased (Ashley) and Emily Knott, Michelle and Jeff Stalker, Henry Stalker, Chris, Laura and Emma Garabrandt, and great-grandson, Jude Knott.

Born in Albion, NE Jim spent most of his adult life and professional career as a teacher and football coach at Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island, NE where he taught 38 years.  Jim was an avid fisherman enjoying fishing trips over many years with friends and family along the way.  Jim was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Papillion, NE and previously at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grand Island.  Jim will be missed for his dry wit and gentle and generous spirit, a coach to the end.

Funeral arrangements to be announced at a later date due to the Coronavirus mandates.

Memorials are suggested to St. Columbkille Catholic church, Papillion, NE.



  • Gregory Uhrmacher Posted March 19, 2020 1:02 pm

    Great friend and always positive things to say. He a great person to know. Is one of the teaching colleague said Jim was team player. We’re going to miss him Coach Uhrmacher

  • roger d rose Posted March 19, 2020 2:20 pm

    sorry to see jim go. take care mary.

  • Shad Kruger Posted March 19, 2020 2:40 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Coach Stalker was influential on the field and in the classroom. A great man.

  • Robert Meyers Posted March 20, 2020 9:43 am

    A long time colleague, I so appreciated Jim’s wit and humor. His impact on multitudes of students as a teacher and coach are his legacy. Condolences to Mary, Sue and rest of the family, as we remember Jim and his influence on each of us who knew him.
    Bob Meyers

  • Lori Medlin Posted March 20, 2020 9:46 am

    Mr. Stalker was one of my favorite teachers. I graduated from GISH in 1986. He encouraged me to go to college. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and he cared.

    • Shauna Rock Posted March 20, 2020 12:12 pm

      Mr. Stalker was my teacher at Grand Island Senior High in 1969. He was one of my favorites. Prayers for his family to comfort and heal. He was one of a kind.

  • Teri (Benzel) Engleman Posted March 20, 2020 12:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Shelley Wheeler (Ball) Posted March 20, 2020 2:28 pm

    So very sorry. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Rex Kuntzelmman Posted March 20, 2020 2:33 pm

    Last visit with cousin Jim, was at His Brother Richard’s Funeral.

  • Sandy Howland Posted March 20, 2020 4:09 pm

    Heaven gained a great man. Jim always left an apple on my desk when I worked at Senior High..

  • Verne and Patty Penas Posted March 20, 2020 5:14 pm

    Mary and family, we am so sorry for your loss.. Jim was the best and such a witty humor, what a kind gentle man! Think of you Mary from time to time and send lots of love!

  • Pat Quiter Posted March 20, 2020 5:26 pm

    Nellie Stalker Huseman was my aunt and Jimmy and we kids would play together, especially in mud puddles . I remember Jimmy was such a cutie . I am so sorry for your loss .

  • Monica Ayoub McClure Posted March 20, 2020 7:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Stalker my teacher
    and Jim my friend will be missed. My sincere condolences to you Mary and your family.

  • Todd Wall Posted March 20, 2020 8:37 pm

    My sincere condolences to Coach Stalker’s family. ❤❤🙏🙏

  • Debbie krugman Posted March 21, 2020 7:01 am

    Mr Stalker, a one of a kind teacher. An encouragement to me. My thoughts and prayers to the family. May peace be yours. So glad he was a part of my life.

  • Dana Jelinek Posted June 23, 2020 8:04 am

    I remember the day Jim came into my office to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s aluminum can recycling program. Jim was part of the first teams and stayed with it for many years. Thanks to our Can-Do Team, we’ve raised over $900,000 to build Habitat homes. I appreciated Jim’s loyalty and now his legacy.

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