James E. Veltman, Jr. age 80 of Galveston passed away while surrounded by his devoted family, Friday, April 9, 2010 at his residence in Galveston. Memorial services are11:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Mary Star of the Sea 16626 San Luis Pass Road (FM 3005) in Galveston 77554, Father E.J. Stein, OFM and Deacon Sam Delolio officiating. A reception will follow at the Galveston Country Club 14228 Stewart Road in Galveston 77554. Arrangements are under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston.
Jim was born August 8, 1929 in San Antonio to James and Erin Veltman. He married the love of his life, Jo Ann High who gave him 4 wonderful children. Jim attended Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he was a stellar athlete. Spurning Professional offers from the Celtics in Basketball, the Dodgers in Baseball, and an offer from Brunswick to enter the Pro Bowling Tour, he started raising his family while working for the City Public Service after earning a degree in Business. Later he was a Regional Sales Representative in the Commercial division of the Calgon Corporation located in Houston. As his family matured, he decided on being close to the water in Galveston and began his own Contracting business.
Preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Linda Veltman, survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Jo Ann Veltman, James Veltman of Bryan , Texas, Terry Veltman of Galveston, and daughter, Lisa Councilman and husband John of Crested Butte, Colorado; 3 wonderful granddaughters, Kelli, Kerri and Kaitlin Councilman; sisters, Mary Ann Tassos of San Antonio, Kitty Sebera of Fredericksburg, Texas; brother, Pat Veltman and wife Judy of Pass Christian, Mississippi; special friends, Hank and Cy Eilers of Galveston; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Honorary pallbearers are sons, James and Terry Veltman, also serving are James Quigley, Hank Eilers, Leo Gabriel, Jeffrey Green and son in law, John Councilman.
Jim died like he lived being your best friend and worrying about how he could help. In death he chose to help by donating his body to Science. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice Care Team, 1708 Amburn Road Suite C Texas City, Texas 77591 or the charity of your choice.
Friends may sign the register book or send the family condolences at www.carnesbrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Veltman name