James “Jim” Lee Habermehl

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James “Jim” Lee Habermehl, age 58, passed away surrounded by his daughters on Monday, April 19, 2021. He was born June 5, 1962, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and always considered Cream City his home.

Upon completing his degree at Milwaukee School of Engineering, Jim joined the Air Force. Jim retired as a lieutenant colonel after an accomplished career in military intelligence. He carried a whole-hearted passion for democracy and perpetuating American values.

Although Jim’s military career was peppered with stations nationally and abroad, stability came with his three daughters, Heather, Jessica, and Angela, whom he shared with his former spouse, Dawn. Watching his daughters grow up and all graduate college gave him pride that he was happy to share.

Jim lived with his family for many years in Dale City, VA, while working as a patent examiner at the USPTO. He loved Western movies, war history, and playing games. He spent his last two years in retirement, enjoying the company of family and friends and playing in his 43-year D&D campaign.

Jim will be forever remembered for his unfathomable capacity to care about others, his proficiency in witty conversation, and his eternal devotion to his family.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Heather (Brian) Johnson, Jessica, and Angela; his grandchild, Theodore Johnson; and his former wife, Dawn. He is the youngest among his siblings, Robert Jr. (Sylvia), Alan, Wendy (Scott Dunnington), and Neil (Kanthia), and he is the first of them to join those who went before: his parents, Robert Sr. and Doris.

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  1. Elam Blacktree says:

    I worked with Jim at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Together with other talented individuals, we were able to produce some incredible work. To the entire Habermehl family, you have my most heartfelt condolences.

  2. Lawrence Lee says:

    To Jim’s family,

    His passing was a shock and I am saddened at the loss. He was a great friend and I very much enjoyed our gaming moments together. We would also talk shop and politics and other things. He was a fun person and sometimes larger than life. Our world is a little darker with him gone. Condolences to you all.

  3. Cynthia Lou Cole says:

    Jim graciously shared his time and friendship with my mom, his aunt Dorothy Habermehl and me when my mom lived at Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke, Virginia. He came to visit from time to time and we all shared memories and news of the Habermehl family . I admired his military career and his work at the Patent Office. He was an accomplished man and a really nice guy with a good sense of humor. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing. My condolences to his family and friends.

  4. Jason Olson says:

    To the loved ones of James Habermehl,
    James was a mentor to me and others when I first started at the USPTO back in 2002. He was always gracious with his time and knowledge and had a quick sense of humor. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  5. Tan Dinh says:

    It has been greatly saddened by the passing away of Jim. I had known him since classes 369 and 360 moves to Group 250 many years ago, and for the last thirty years, he has been working on the same our fields.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.

  6. Fred Tzeng says:

    To the loved ones of Mr. James Habermehl.
    Mr. James Habermehl and I have been working together in a team in USPTO for about 10 years. He was a kind and helpful person to my knowledge. We discussed about war history and handguns a lot when we were colleague. Peace to Mr. James Habermehl in Heaven.

  7. Roxann says:

    To the loved ones of James Habermehl.
    I had the privilege of meeting Jim in San Angelo TX. Jim was active duty AF at Goodfellow AFB. Dawn and I were stay at home military spouses.
    Heather was a curious toddler. I marveled at how Heather was encouraged to be independent and active. I learned from Jim and Dawn. We became forever friends. Later we were stationed together at Wright Pat. I remember Jim’s affection for Brandy the family pet on the day Brandy crossed the rainbow bridge. I stood with Dawn at her bedside as she labored before the birth of their baby daughter sharing this private privilege to ease my pain from infertility.. And no tribute to Jim would be complete without remembering his continued analysis of events both domestically and internationally. My heart goes out to Heather, Angela and Jessica. My condolences and sympathy to you. Heaven has gained a great soul.

  8. Barb says:

    My deepest sympathy to The family james will be missed by all

  9. Terri Griffin says:

    I’ll miss your sense of humor and you life-long friendship.

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