ANTIOCH, Calif. — James Carl Hausner of Seguin, Texas departed this life on July 23, at Santa Rosa Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas after a courageous four year battle with cancer.
James was born on April 29, 1945, at his parent’s home in Jay Wye, a small farming community in southeast Missouri. His parents were George and Lydia Hausner. They later relocated to Webb, Mississippi and are now deceased.
On Aug. 15, 1965, James married his childhood sweetheart, Rita Marie Daniels, at Maple Grove Church near Parma, Missouri. They had two children, Angela Joy and James ¨Jamie¨ Carl II. Jamie died because of severe birth defects at one year of age.
Survivors include his daughter, Angela Hausner, her husband Omar Pena, and their son, Sebastian Carlos Pena of Pflugerville, Texas; brother, Ray Hausner and wife Judi of Glendora; and brother-in-law, Don White of Bloomfield, Missouri. His sister, Cleta Mae White of Bloomfield, Missouri preceded him in death. James has many beloved nieces and nephews and treasured friends around the world.
After being named an American Farmer by the Future Farmers of America, James was invited to participate in the People to People European tour during the summer of 1962. He and Rita showed the slides of his trip to several local organizations later that year.
James went to work for Reynolds International, McAllen, Texas, in 1976. He retired after falling ill in 2014. Beginning as a salesman, he was vice president for more than 25 years before retirement. He travelled the world selling Reynolds Scrapers.
James was proud to talk about the many adventures he enjoyed with his daughter, Angela, and father-in-law, Bill Daniels. He frequently travelled over a million miles a year and said he saw magnificent sights and met fascinating people. Among his most memorable trips was one to Cartagena, Colombia, where he awakened to find armed soldiers on his hotel balcony. He didn’t tell Rita about that one for several years!
The light of James’ life was his grandson Sebastian. He was never happier than when they could enjoy time together looking over heavy equipment magazines or playing with farming equipment.
Always a humble man, he had many notable accomplishments. When the Discovery Channel needed an expert consultant regarding soil and water conservation, they contacted James. He addressed both the International Sugar Congress and the National Cotton Council and enjoyed serving as a board member of the U.S. Mexico Border District Export Council.
We will miss his smile every day and hold him forever in our hearts.
A private family memorial is planned for the fall at the Hausner farm in Mississippi.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National FFA Foundation P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960.