James Ernest “Jersey Jim” Hausamann, 79, of Chincoteague Island, VA passed away on January 9, 2023 peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born to the late Augusta and Edith (Van Blarcom) Hausamann on December 19th 1943 on the family dairy farm and it was on that farm that he spent his childhood. He then moved to Western New Jersey in 1962 and when he graduated high school, he immediately enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country until 1968. He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University and then set his sights on trying many career opportunities. He was a union pipe fitter for 50 years, a part time school teacher, a peach orchard owner and then spent his down time coaching little league, served the White Township in New Jersey as a member of council and mayor for 15 years and if that wasn’t enough, he got his pilot’s license and flew planes to many destinations. He finally retired for the last time in 2002 and decided to settle down on Chincoteague Island where he had been a frequent visitor for over 41 years. But retirement of sorts wasn’t in the plans because he decided to test his “sea legs” by owning and operating a clam and oyster business call Mainstream Oysters while living on the island. One of Jim’s greatest passions was racing WS 911 Porche Turbos on many tracks through the country and in Europe. To say he lived life the fullest is most certainly an understatement.
Jersey Jim is survived by his loving spouse of 11 years, Linda Apgar Hausamann; three daughters, Dayna Carroll and her husband Mark, Jennifer Fritz and her husband John and Tara Hausamann; three sons, Jimmy Hausamann and his wife Cynthia, Danny Hausamann and Tyler Hausamann and his wife Jamie; Step-son Josh Alan Pensack and Annmarie; 11 grandchildren; one sister, Susan Henshaw and her husband Charlie; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Hausamann and his wife Claudia plus several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Hausamann and his first wife, Nancy Shafer.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date on Chincoteague Island, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Legion Post 159, PO BOX 244, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336.