May 9, 1928 - October 17, 2021
James “Jim” Delmore Marquardt, age 93, joined his loved ones in heaven on Sunday, October 17, 2021 in Dallas, TX. Jim was born on May 9, 1928 in Moorhead, MN to Leonard and Alma (Grabinski) Marquardt.
Jim no longer has to “hit the gym” and has moved on to Jesus’ care. He lived a life of smiles, learning and giving and was not one to give up or back off. During the Great Depression, his parents and siblings guided him thru difficult times. In high school he was active in gymnastics football, and swimming, earning the Eagle Scout award which lead to living a life of honor.
Jim served in the Army during World War II, along with his four brothers, Marlin, Robert, Wilbur (Bud), and John. Jim was proud of serving in the 82nd Airborne Division as an aviation mechanic. Their sister Alma was a Veteran of her five brothers!
North Dakota State University and the G.I. Bill provided a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management. While there Jim still found the time and energy to join five friends and develop and operate the Detroit Mountain ski areas (Winter Holiday Ski Club) as well as forming a lifetime bond of friendship with them. Jim married the mother of his children, Helen Thistlethwaite during his years at NDSU. After graduation, Jim received an ROTC commission as a 2nd LT in the Air Force Reserve and later earning the rank of 1st LT. He also received his pilot’s license for single engine land.
Upon graduation, Jim joined Minneapolis Honeywell and assisted in the development and production of the Honeywell round thermostat. In 1955 Jim moved to Phoenix, AZ to join AiResearch Mfg of Arizona. He spent the next 36 years in development, testing and production of a wide variety of products such as aircraft turbine engines, high altitude testing and development of a nuclear powered space system for a moon base. He spent the final 6 years as a company representative to the FAA certification acceptance.
It was in Phoenix that Jim met and married Lynda Powell Bebout in 1982. Upon Jim’s retirement in 1992, Jim and Lynda moved to Dallas, TX where Jim, authorized as an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER), travelled throughout the US and Canada as a consultant for repair stations. Jim and Lynda also shared their love of Brittany Spaniels rescuing and welcoming several into their family over the years and actively supporting the BRIT Rescue in Texas.
Jim loved to volunteer at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas sharing his passion for aviation and flying. He was also an Ambassador at the DFW airport for over 15 years, assisting travelers negotiate through the massive complex, paying special attention to military personnel and veterans and showing appreciation for their service.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and sister. Jim lost Lynda, his wife of 39 years, in June of this year.
Survivors include his three children: daughter Leslie Silverberg (Rob), son Mitchel Marquardt (Susan) of Gilbert, AZ and son Jim (Norman) of Key West, Florida; two granddaughters Kristen Cox (Caleb) and Kathryn Marquardt; Lynda’s brother Larry Powell (Joyce) and his family, Sam Powell (Cass), Casey Powell, and Delaney Powell as well as many nieces and nephews.
THE JOY OF THE LORD HAS BEEN MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG (Nehemiah 8:10). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Tx (flightmuseum.com)
A Celebration of Life will be held on November 12th at 10:00 a.m. at Aria Funeral Home, 19310 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252.
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252