James “Jim” Linus Pfannenstiel

July 3, 1933 – March 23, 2022


James “Jim” Linus Pfannenstiel passed away on March 23, 2022 at the age of 88. Visitation for Jim will take place on Monday, March 28, 2022 at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home at 10 a.m. CDT until 10:30 a.m. CDT. Funeral will take place at 10:30 a.m. CDT in the chapel of Frederick-Dean Funeral Home. Graveside will follow at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. CDT with Dr. Melvin Ervin officiating.


Jim was born in Ellis, Kansas on July 3, 1933. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; 2 brothers; 5 sisters; and his parents.


He is survived by his daughter, Sabrina (Jeremy) Davis; grandchildren, Melanie (Tim) Sandoval, Miraina Davis, and Abigail Davis; great grandchildren, TJ Sandoval, Isabella Sandoval, Rebecca Sandoval, and Madeline Davis; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Moncus and Susie Mann; other friends and family, and his beloved poodles.


He lived in Kansas until he joined the military. Jim was in the United States Army for over 24 years and the National Guard. He served in Korean Conflict and Vietnam War and retired as a Sgt 1st Class. He was stationed in Japan for 3 years and Germany for 4 years along with multiple posts in U.S. He moved to Dadeville in 1986 and worked as a machinist until he retired again.


This loving, caring, and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be incredibly missed by his family. Family was a pivotal essence or Jim’s life. He was proud and honored to be the stepfather, grandfather, and great-grandfather, otherwise known as “Papa Jim” to our family. He has been a huge presence in the lives of his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He always would lend a hand with taking care of the grandkids.

He was always working on something till his health declined. He read his bible and enjoyed watching church services. He enjoyed watching westerns, Fox news, and football. He had a long-standing relationship with God and was very blessed with his faith to his dying breath. Jim will forever be remembered for his warming smile, gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace, and unconditional love. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort that he is in heaven watching over us. “See you Shortround” was an endearing term for his grandchildren.


Family would like to extend thanks to Ivy Creek Hospice, Lake Martin Community Hospital, East Alabama Health, VA, and caretaker Melanie Davis.


Frederick- Dean Funeral Homes servicing Alabama Funeral Homes & Cremation Centers is handling arrangements.