James Guisinger Obituary

James Tee Guisinger
James Tee Guisinger
James Tee Guisinger

January 26, 1955 - March 12, 2013
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Clive, IA
  • Contat Us
  • Videos
  • Guestbook
  • Photos
  • Services
  • Send Flowers


James Tee "Jimmy" Guisinger, 58, caught his train home on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 after a hard-fought four year battle with cancer. A celebration of Jimmy's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, where the family will greet friends from 12:45 p.m. until the service on Friday. Cremation rites will follow the celebration and private committal services will take place at a later date.

Jimmy was born on January 26, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Clara Guisinger. He attended Catholic schools in the Des Moines area and graduated from North High in 1973. He received a degree in electronics in 1976. Jimmy met the love of his life, Laure Kuhlman in October of 1971 and they were happily married in June of 1976.

Jimmy embraced life and the open, honest and natural way he had, enabled him to make friends and talk with whomever he met along his way and Jim loved to talk. Jim could go to a party, spend all night talking either to a CFO or an intern and never change what he said or who he was and at the end of the night, either way, Jim would have said that he had had a great time.

His passions for life and innate curiosity about everything enabled him to pursue and master numerous hobbies and interests, and truly made him a renaissance man. Not in any particular order, Jimmy loved fishing, camping, golfing, politics, boating, technology, photography, cooking, his dogs, glass-art, the Super Bowl, his lake home, wood-working and music. Folks have marveled about how Jim could throw himself into an endeavor, hobby, job, or his next new interest. 100 percent wasn't enough; Jim gave 110 percent. Not going gently into that good night and not giving into cancer, Jimmy decided it was time to make guitars. Jimmy studied under master luthiers and learned to create incredibly beautiful, both in looks and sound, handmade acoustic and electric guitars, which he, of course, took great pride in playing and showing to family and friends.

Music was a constant in Jim's life. Jim and Laure's homes were always filled with jazz, blues, rock, and friends to enjoy all. A great Saturday night for Jim was jamming with his brothers-in-law and friends in the basement, an adult beverage in hand. Thanks to Jim and his booking company, James Tee Productions, central Iowans were able to enjoy live music from the likes of Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Koko Taylor, John Mayall, Robben Ford, Junior Wells and Elvin Bishop, to name a few.

Jim's work experience was as varied as his interests. Jim held several positions and was an entrepreneur at heart, owning several companies. What Jimmy was most proud of was the great friendships he made with his employees and with the people he worked with.

Jim's sense of humor needs to be reflected upon here, if it were possible too. He was quick with a laugh and smile. Jim's zest for life was cosmic. He was influential in teaching all of us how to live our lives. It has been said, that by knowing Jimmy for five minutes, you were a better person because of how he lived his life.

The greatest source of joy in Jim's life was his family. He loved being a dad to Justin and Ted and celebrated their victories as if they were his own. He coached them in numerous sports, and scouts, and taught them honesty, and integrity and instilled a love of learning in them. Ted said "He taught us how to be a father". He was thrilled with their choices in partners and was delighted to be "Grandpa", spending great amounts of time with them, watching how they thought and learned. But the love of Jimmy's life was Laure. They spent wonderful, adventurous, fun-filled, years together as friends, lovers, confidants, counselors, partners and equals.

Jimmy is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Laure of Clive; two sons, Justin (Amelia) of West Des Moines and Ted (Tessa) of St Charles, MO; four bright and beautiful grandchildren, Avery, Zach, Nora and Sophie; his mother, Clara; brothers, Mike (Maggie), Don and Richard (LaTaunya); and sisters, Pat Hardy and Mary (Stan) Hamilton. Preceding him in death was his father, Ralph.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dick Demming who guided Jim through this odyssey, the staff at Mercy and Methodist hospitals, and the great care givers at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

"Click here to view memorial folder"

The family requests that memorials be directed to the family until they decide a fitting memorial in honor of Jim's memory.






St. Boniface Catholic Church
1200 Warrior Lane
Waukee, IA 50263
Friday, March 15, 2013
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
- Show more -
St. Boniface Catholic Church
1200 Warrior Lane
Waukee, IA 50263
Friday, March 15, 2013
1:30 PM
- Show more -