James was born November 30, 1951 in Floresville to John B. and Barbara Pieprzica Pawelek. James graduated from Falls City High School in 1970.
James married Imogene Ann Hosek at Blessed Sacrament Church in Poth, Texas on April 1, 1978.
James was a Route Salesman for Frito-Lay for 32 years. He liked the outdoors, fishing, farm animals and sports.
James was preceded in death by his parents John B. and Barbara Pieprzica Pawelek.
James is survived by his wife of over thirty-two years, Imogene Ann Hosek Pawelek; daughters, Dawn Lovelace and husband Matthew, Brooke Pawelek, and Skylar Pawelek; grandson, Mason James Real; brothers, Marvin Pawelek; sister, Sally Dodge and husband Frank; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Daniel and Jane Hosek; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Visitation was held at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville and after 8:30 A.M. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rosary was recited Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Father Phillip Henning. Interment followed at the Blessed Sacrament Cemetery in Poth, Texas. Serving as pallbearers were Zachary Pruski, Dylan Kellner, Clayton Pawelek, Frank R. Dodge III, Gus Cavazos and Michael Pruski.