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James T.

James “JT” Staley was born on March 13, 1962, to Jim and Nora Staley in New Kensington, PA. He was surrounded by love from his sisters Judy (Dan) Bellinotti and daughter Danielle, Leila Staley and son, Tim Mitchell, Elle Hamilton and daughters Hannah and Aryn Press, and brother, Robert Staley. His childhood was full of family, football, and his Mom’s fabulous cooking.

JT received his undergraduate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1984 and his master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1987. Following in his father’s footsteps, he pursued a successful career as a Metallurgical Engineer. JT eventually earned a master’s degree in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and his doctorate in Engineering from Robert Morris University in 2007. JT had a tremendous work ethic and love of learning.

JT and Kay (Olson) met in Atlanta, Georgia at the American Pie in 1987 and were married on August 12, 1989, at St. Luke’s Lutheran church in Greendale, WI. Together they loved to go to plays, watch sports and movies, spend time with their families, and travel.

The highlights of JT’s life came with the birth of daughters Kaitlin and Summer. JT loved reading to his girls, planning birthday parties, helping with homework, passing the football – Culpepper to Moss – acting alongside them in church plays, cheering as their number one fan at sporting events, and being their all around go-to guy.

JT led his family to experience an outpouring of love, fun, and adventure as they moved from CA to MN to MI, IL, FL, and WI.

JT is further survived by mother-in-law Karen Olson, in-laws Jane (Ed) Emery and Ross (Robin) Olson, and nieces Lisa Bell (Bryanna and Lily), Kara Emery (Alicia, Mackenzie, and nephew, Easton), Erica Emery, and Emma, Addison, and Paige Olson.

JT is preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Rose Marion, Thomas and Elizabeth (Elsie) Staley, and father-in-law, Wayne Olson.

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, May 11, from 4-6:00 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 6705 Northway in Greendale. Memorial service to follow at 6:00 pm.

Past Comments

Sue Borowski

Heart is breaking for you and your family. May memories, family and friends comfort you. Thinking of you and sending you love and hugs. Sue Borowski

M. Anthony Luttrell

He was called “Animal” in high school because of the way he played football. An extremely talented athlete.

The last time I saw JT was in Los Angeles around 1987. I was living there with my wife and new-born daughter. So was JT’s good friend Doug Isbell and the three of us got together at my brother-in-law’s nightclub. I was so impressed by the man he had become and the intelligence he displayed. I am not certain, but believe his wife was with us. Rest in Peace JT and my heart goes out to your fa
mily. Tony Luttrell

Heidi Gehlhaart

Thinking and praying for you and your family in this very difficult time. We are all mourning with you here at the middle school. We love you and can’t wait to wrap our arms around you and show you how much we care and support you.
Heidi G.

Ben Campbell

I was a classmate of JT for his PhD program at Robert Morris. I will never forget that he was always smiling and always in a good mood. He was so excited when the Steelers signed Duece Staley so he could buy a Player’s Steeler Jersey with his own last name on the back. I haven’t talked to JT in 10 years but I am sure his loss will be felt by many and my heart goes out for his family, especially his wife and children.

My condolences,
Ben Campbell

Amy Gehrke

Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please know your KM family is here for you- today, tomorrow, and all the days to come. We love you, Kay. Feel my hugs.

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