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James A. (Jim) Lape Jr.
December 9, 1926 – March 9, 2012

Mill City – Jim was born in Johnstown, PA, He served in the US Army during WWII  in demolitions, spending time in Manila, and the Philippine Islands. Jim came home to marry the love of his life, Eileen (DeeDee) Knapp on July 31, 1948, she preceded him in death on October 7, 2007 as well as 2 of his sisters. Jim is survived by his son: Donald (Lorraine) Lape of Waco, TX.; daughter: Leane (Stephen) Cornwell of Lyons, OR.; sister: Bertha Hockins of Johnstown, PA.; 6 – grandchildren; 9- great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

His other life long love was all manner of aircraft. Jim mastered his A&P license and began work in California at Lockheed, also at Douglas Aircraft before heading back to the east coast where he began work at Capitol Air Lines in Virginia, and stayed with them through their merger with United Air Lines in 1961. He spent the next 29 years as an airplane mechanic based in Denver, CO. After Jim retired and moved to Mill City, OR., in 1991, he read about the move of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose from Los Angeles to McMinnville’s new Evergreen Aviation Museum. He offered his services as a restoration volunteer, and spent many fulfilling years there every Tuesday, putting historic planes back together for Museum exhibits.

Jim was a member of the Canyon Senior Center, NRA, Mill City Moose Lodge, United Airlines Retirees, Mill City Presbyterian Church, the Elks and Eagles Lodge. He passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012 peacefully in his sleep at Marian Estates in Sublimity, OR. At his request there will be no services held. Contributions may be made to the Canyon Senior Center. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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