James “Fly” Edward Kahlich of Slaton, Texas passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022.
Viewing will be 11:00 am-6:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Englunds. Rosary will be said at 6:00 pm Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Englunds. Celebration of Mass will be 10:30 am Friday, April 22, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slaton. Arrangements are by Englunds Funeral Service in Slaton.
James Edward Kahlich was born to the late Leonard and Bernice Kahlich in Slaton, Texas on June 1st,1957. He graduated from Lubbock-Cooper High School in 1975. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slaton. James had a very special place in his heart for his brothers within the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed serving his community alongside of them as a 4th Degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus Council #2571. He is a board member of Texas Star Co-op where he has served many years as an advocate for cotton farmers in the region and committee member of the Plains Cotton Growers Association. He is a lifetime honorary member of the FFA.
James lived his life as a steward of the land, working on the family farm since a very young age. James grew the Kahlich farming operation to what it is today. James never knew a stranger and was always willing to help those around him in need. James married his soulmate Crystal Ann Green on August 2nd, 1985.
They have three children: Christopher, Jacqueline, and Stephanie. Five grandchildren, who call him Pop: Joshua, Aspen, Rory, Oliver, and Elliott; all of which love eating Pop’s barbecue and helping on the farm. His beloved head of security, a Chocolate Labrador named Rajun, was always ready to work alongside of him, often stowing away in the gator and ready for a game of fetch.
James is survived by his wife, Crystal; son, Christopher; daughters, Jacqueline and husband, Lawrence Romero (Joshua, Oliver, and Elliott), and Stephanie and husband, Kyle Schlabs (Aspen and Rory); his brothers and sisters: Helen Potter (Jim), David Kahlich (Ruth), Wayne Kahlich (Mileen), Linda Ross, Susan Schwertner (Greg), Mary Kahlich and Gary Kahlich (Patricia); and many nieces, nephews, and greats.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Bernice Kahlich.