James H. “Jim” Tresback passed away at home on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the age of 79, surrounded by his family. Jim was preceded in death by his son Bradley J. Tresback, 41 and parents Emily and Roy Tresback.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Sue A. Tresback, of Lake Saint Louis, MO, his loving daughter Jill L. Varvares, son-in-law Chris Varvares, three grandsons, Grayson Selsor, James Varvares and Peter Varvares of Olivette, MO, his three brothers, Kerry, Edward and Thomas Tresback, one niece and five nephews. Jim was also the proud “father” of Emmy Lou and Bruiser Tresback. Although they each had four legs, fur and tails, he was more than deeply in love with them. He was a friend to many with his quick smile, self-deprecating humor and ready pitcher of “Award Winning” Margaritas.
As a child and young adult Jim travelled extensively with his military family. He was a proud sailor, serving on active duty in the Navy in the early 1960s, crewing destroyers in the Pacific. After leaving the Navy, Jim worked for Hawaiian Air Tour Service and flew throughout the Hawaiian Islands. He left to finish his education and completed his formal licenses in California to become a commercial airline pilot. Jim worked as a Pilot for Trans World Airlines for 34 years. He flew both domestic and international routes on most all of the types of airplanes in TWA’s fleet, flying Boeing 707’s, Boeing 727’s, DC9’s, Lockheed 1011’s and finishing his career on the Boeing 757 and 767’s. He was promoted to Captain and became a line instructor and simulator instructor. He loved every minute.
Jim spent many years coaching and refereeing for his children’s soccer teams for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) while living and working from Thousand Oaks, Calif. In 1983 Jim and family moved to Lake Saint Louis and Jim began flying out of Lambert Field, St. Louis. Jim treasured his time with his family. He loved getting to watch his children succeed in their desired fields. He would never miss an opportunity to see his kids play sports and water ski. He dearly loved his grandchildren and helped them become enthusiastic water skiers.
Always active, Jim was an avid water skier and boating enthusiast, including serving as a water ski instructor and boat driver for the Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club in the 1980’s. One of his biggest joys was working with young skiers and towing the giant pyramid with his daughter Jill at the top. On the home front, Jim was incredibly meticulous at lawn and garden work, always taking pride in the green lawn he kept. He loved bringing in ALL the neighbors empty trash cans each week to keep to keep the street tidy!
After retiring, Jim spent much time in Florida helping his son Brad in his restaurant business. The father & son duo spent much time together “fixing” their love of a car, a 1972 Pontiac wagon known as TILLIE TANK. And, more fun than fixing her, they enjoyed racing the “tank” at the local drag strip!
Jim is already dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
There will be a “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” for Jim in June. The date is pending. If you chose, Memorial Donations may be made to the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY or LYMPHOMA SOCIETY and would be sincerely appreciated.