POCATELLO - James Gabriel Rossiter, age 83, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his home after a several-months' illness.
James was born March 19, 1925 in Pocatello, Idaho, to Ralph W. Sr., and Delcene B. Rossiter.
James served in the Army as a medical/ dental tech from 1943 to
1946, and was stationed in New Guinea Luzon, the Philippines, and
Japan. He had many colorful stories.
James loved to ski, and was recognized for his service in the
Pocatello Ski Association as one of the founding members, and served as
president for several terms. He promoted skiing by volunteering his
time showing Warren Miller ski movies, and many others during the '60s
and '70s at pizza eateries around town. He was well-liked by many
home-grown and famous skiers from around the country.
James graduated from ISU with a degree in zoology, and worked
summers with the Forest Service while pursuing his college degree.
James worked for Sherwin Williams Paint Co., during the school
semesters, and stayed on and retired from the company in 1988, to take
care of "Mom", and "John B." for many years until they passed on.
Between 1985 and 1995, James took a part-time job at ISU
teaching "ballroom dancing," and loved it with all of his passion. Then
in the mid- to late-'70s for about five summers, he worked at "Old
Faithful Gift Shop" in Yellowstone Park. He loved the park, and
promoted a road trip there every chance he got.
Between November 2003, and June 2005, James volunteered at
Portneuf Medical Center West at the front desk and loved to greet
people, and visit sick friends.
Lastly, in 2007, he worked as a cashier attendant for Tuscany
Shell Convenience Store, where he took pride in dressing sharp and
passing out maps of Yellowstone Park to customers heading that way.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ralph W.
Jr., John B., Maurice E., (sister-in-law Alma Patricia), George L.
James is survived by his adopted brother, Marshall S. (son of George L.
and Estella B.); as well as several sisters-in-law, Maxine Rossiter,
Marlene Rossiter, Laura Jans Rossiter, Freda Mae Lorain, and Estella B.
Smith; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Jim will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009,
at 1 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. Fourth Ave., Pocatello.
There will be no public visitation. Colonial Funeral Home is caring for
Jim's Family. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in the Idaho State Journal on 3/11/2009