James H. Suchma (’62)

James was born in Overton, Texas on July 27, 1938 to Frank Joseph and Ella Zemanek Suchma. James entered eternal rest on April 2, 2020 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. James graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1962. He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation; Bovay Engineers; Henry Steinkamp Jr., Inc.; and James H. Suchma, Inc. He enjoyed teaching engineering technology classes at the University of Houston and after retiring, conducting ethics seminars for engineers. James resided in Sugar Land, Texas and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston. James was a devoted and loving husband to Paula, his wife of 62 years. He was a loving father to Jeff, James, and Charles; an adoring grandfather to Jimmy New, Layton Suchma; Jeffery Suchma Jr., Jessica Suchma, Charles Suchma and Anna Suchma; and great-grandfather to Kaden New. He is survived by his wife Paula; son Jeff and his wife Rita; son James and his wife Jane; son Charles and his wife Bridget; grandchildren Jimmy, Layton and his wife Leah, Jeffery, Jessica, Charles, Anna; great grandson Kaden and many cousins and friendsJames was a life member of the Houston Gun Collectors Association. He was an avid collector of military medals and memorabilia and a member of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and the Orders and Medals Research Society of England. He loved military history and became an expert regarding many subjects including the Boer war. He was utilized as a resource by collectors and researchers worldwide as a result of his vast knowledge. He loved traveling with Paula to England, Scotland, Colonial Williamsburg, Savannah, the Georgia coast, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and many other destinations throughout the United States. James was a shining light and will be deeply missed. He will be remembered for his kindness and love for his family and friends. There will be a memorial service held for family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in James’ memory to:

Houston Hospice

1905 Holcombe Blvd

Houston, Tx 77030


MD Anderson Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4486

Houston, TX 77210-4486

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