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James Louis Kremmel | Obituary

By on October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

James Louis Kremmel, 63, of Spokane, Wash., died Oct. 12, 2012.

He was born Feb. 28, 1949, in Belleville.

Mr. Kremmel was a graduate of Columbia High School, and the University of New Mexico, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics in 1971. He played baseball at CHS and UNM and is a member of the Hall of Fame at both schools. He was drafted by Major League Baseball as a left-handed pitcher, playing for the Texas Rangers in 1973 and the Chicago Cubs is 1974. His baseball career was cut short by injury.

He was married to Teresa Elaine Stewart, of Spokane, Wash., from 1974 to 1985, and they remained close. Together, they opened Pride and Joy Maternity Fashions in 1979, followed by Uniforms, Etc.

In 1985, he earned his Master of Business Administration, and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 1991, both from Gonzaga University. From 1989 to 1995, he worked at Sacred Heart Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatry, and he was a sports psychology consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers from 1998 to 2002. He did business consulting from 1995 to 2002, and spent most of his time over the last 25 years as a private practice psychotherapist.

Mr. Kremmel was on a life-long quest toward psychological and spiritual growth. He was an avid reader of spiritual texts and a prolific writer, including twice-monthly psycho-spiritual messages called “Finding the Spark.” He also had a passion for yoga. He touched many lives and was loved immensely, and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his daughter Lindsey Marie Kremmel and new granddaughter Lilliana Grace Kremmel of Livermore, Calif.; his former wife; niece Marla Gummersheimer Walters and her children Jacob, Hannah and Sophia of Columbia; and cousins Marleen Daab of Portland, Ore., Fred, Zoe and William Daab of Spartanburg, S.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son Joseph Steward Kremmel of Spokane, Wash. (1989), and sister Joan Earlene Pieper (nee Kremmel) of Columbia (1998).

A memorial service was held Oct. 27, at Heritage Chapel, Spokane, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Tammy Taylor

Tammy is an award-winning Graphic Artist for the Republic-Times. She has worked at the newspaper for almost 15 years, while her and her husband Norman, of 34 years, are owners of Sunderman's Garage in Columbia. She enjoys photography and her five grandchildren.