GAMBIER — James P. Kousoulas, 80, of New Gambier Road, Gambier, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
He was born July 30, 1933, in Mount Vernon, to the late Paul and Marie (Carhart) Kousoulas.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Keeler) Corrigan Kousoulas; his children, Katrina Bekiares of Indianapolis, Ind., Laure (William) Spencer Hall of Franklin, Tenn., Ruthie Spencer of St. Augustine, Fla., Katherine (Stephen) Lore of Fredericktown, Kelly Ann Corrigan of Gambier, Stephen (Brenda) Spencer of Chicago, Ill., Mark Spencer of Livingston, Ky., Paul (Claudia) Spencer of Birmingham, Ala., Michael (Kathleen) Corrigan of Naperville, Ill., and Thomas (Tina) Corrigan of Mount Vernon; 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Ostrander of Mount Vernon; and three nieces and two nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a wife, Judith Ann Spencer; and his brother-in-law, Tom Ostrander.
Jim graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1951 and later earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement and Corrections, University of Nebraska and Master in Criminology from Indiana State University. Jim served in the U.S. Department of the Air Force, and Army. Throughout his 21 years serving in the military, he was stationed in bases around the world with assignments ranging from Air Police Investigator, Armed Forces Police Liaison, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), USA Criminal Investigation Command (CID), to CID Polygraph Examiner for North-Central United States. Jim retired in 1972 from the military as Chief Warrant Officer 3 and Senior Agent/Polygraph Examiner.
Upon retirement from his military career in 1972, he was appointed the Adjunct Faculty of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where he designed and instructed upper level undergraduate courses in Criminal Behavior, Investigations and Forensic Science until he retired in 1993. After relocating to Florida, Jim’s most notable accomplishment was acting Director of the Florida Guardian Litem Program, 12h Judicial Circuit for Sarasota, Fla., an agency representing abused, neglected, emotionally disturbed children and young adults before courts within this district.
Professional/Civic Memberships include: CID Agents Association, Military Officers Association of America, U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS Post 95 in Mount Vernon and Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.
Jim’s community service was very dear to his heart here in the Knox County community. He was a member of The Board of Trustees for Knox County Head Start, Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission and Gambier College Township Trustee.
A memorial service, with honors provided by the U.S. Army, will be held at a later date at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Gambier Fire Department, Gambier, OH 43022; or Acclaim Hospice and Palliative Care, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231.
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