Jim Lawrence Owsley

Born: Tue., Jul. 31, 1934
Died: Fri., Apr. 6, 2012


2:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Thu., Apr. 12, 2012
Location: Drinkwine Mortuary

Memorial Service

1:30 PM Fri., Apr. 13, 2012
Location: Drinkwine Family Mortuary

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Jim Owsley, 77, passed April 6, 2012, in Aurora, CO. He was born in Alamosa, CO July 31, 1934, son of Hartley and Luella Owsley. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1952 and played basketball on the 1954-55 University of Colorado Final Four basketball team. In addition to playing basketball, he also joined Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity gaining many lifelong friendships. After serving 2 years in the Army, he returned to Boulder and graduated in 1959 with a business degree. After college, he began a career in the brokerage business that spanned 35 years. Jim was also a Life Member of the Alamosa Elks Lodge. An avid sports fan, Jim particularly enjoyed watching the Broncos and the Rockies. 

He also loved golf, fishing and hunting, and was devoted to watching his sons and grandchildren play sports. We'll remember him for his sense of humor, his love of storytelling and a good party. He was a loving husband and father, who adored his grandchildren. Above all else he treasured his family and friends. Survivors are his wife Sue, sons Jamie and Steven, daughter Lyndal Brookhart, and eight grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Bud Owsley of Colorado Springs, CO and Charles Owsley of Alamosa,CO and sister Jackie Conville of Las Vegas, NV. Visitation will be 2:30 - 5:30PM Thursday April 12, 2012. Jim will be interred in a private ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1:30PM on Friday April 13 at Drinkwine Mortuary. Gifts in Jim’s memory may be made to the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association.

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Timber Notestine
   Posted Tue April 10, 2012
Sue, Lyndal, Jamie and Steve,

I met Jim up at CU while sharing the SAE house with Jamie and Steve. I knew right away he was a special kind of "friends' dad" and loved him from the minute I met him. I remember having contests before CU games where he would try to out-punt me with the football and he would always win. I enjoyed his stories and always being welcomed to the Owsley house in Littleton by Jim and Sue. As the years passed on, Jim was always like an old friend when we met again.

I will miss him but his wonderful legacy lives on. My condolences to you all.


Connie Hirz
   Posted Tue April 10, 2012
Dear Lyndahl, Mike, Sarah, Allison and Owsley family,
May your good memories comfort you. It has been a long journey and now you can all celebrate the life of a loving father and grandfather.

marsha pirie berger
   Posted Tue April 10, 2012
Susie . . . I have thought of you often during the years, remembering how dear you are . . . this isn''t what I had in mind to get in touch with you. I am thinking extra hard of you and those you love at this difficult time.

Carla Wood
   Posted Tue April 10, 2012
Dear Lyndal and family,

I hope you find comfort in warm memories and in knowing others sympathize and care. Your father is not gone; he will live in your hearts forever. And remember that healing moves at its own pace. Be kind to yourself. I know your heart is aching and I am truly sorry for your loss.

Matthew 5:4: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


Damon Miller
   Posted Tue April 10, 2012
Sue and Family,

I remember first meeting Jimbo 2 years ago as my first male resident.
I remember him being this energetic person that always was looking for a good "DEAL". He was always crunching numbers and asking us what we thought about it. I will never forget Glen Miller's "In the Mood" playing in the background amping him up, and me yelling," Come on Jim, Show me what you got". and him taking off dancing. I will never forget the family coming in and making you (Sue) eat a little lunch. I wanted to thank you for inviting New Dawn into your life while helping you take care of Jim. Through the tough times and the rough times, we took him in his all. When the good times came around you'd be warmed with his smile and maybe even a hug. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF THE NEW DAWN FAMILY. We love and will miss him dearly.

Kelly and Leo Leins
   Posted Wed April 11, 2012
To The Owsley Family,

We have so many wonderful memories of Jim that range from the high school pool parties at the Owsley's home to his visits to our dental office. Jim was one of our favorite patients who made us all laugh with his great stories. What a special individual he is and what wonderful memories we all have of him. He lives on through each of you now and will never be forgotten. Thanks for all the great times together. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kelly and Leo Leins
Kelly and Leo Leins