Louis Michael "Mike" James passed away on January 21, 2017 after a short illness.
He was born September 20, 1942 in Oxford, Nebraska. He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1964 and began working at Howard Mortuary in Denver, Colorado. Mike stayed with that establishment for 44 years through its purchase by SCI in 1971, mergers with Moore Mortuary in 1976, and eventually the Olinger Mortuaries in 1987.
He was licensed as a Funeral Director/Embalmer by the State of Colorado and maintained his #899 license number even as a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner.
Mike was honored by his peers in 1998 with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association's Mentor Award for being an outstanding embalmer and teacher-mentor to others in the field.
He had many friends throughout the state in the funeral service community and he will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Graveside Service is scheduled on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 2:00 to 2:30 PM at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Obituary and guest book is available online.
Leroy Wittrup, John Glaspy and Mike James were honored with the CFDA's Mentor Award in 1998.