James Edward Wampler
November 30, 1926 - July 20. 2012
Jim spent his childhood
in camps where his parents, Paul & Bess were loggers and
graduated from Chiloquin High in 1945.
After the coast guard,
Jim attended OSU in 1947 where he met and married Carol Werth. Jim
and Carol celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary last fall.
Jim and Ken, his
brother-in-law, partnered in the farm at Powell Butte that lasted
and grew for over 40 years. Working closely with OSU, Wampler
Werth farms developed and experimented with many varieties of
Certified Seed Potatoes.
Jimís interest and
service to the potato industry extended to national and
international participation. As a seed grower interested in
developing international markets, Jim made many shipments of seed
potatoes to more than a dozen countries in Europe, Asia and South
Jim was also
instrumental in setting up the first meeting of the various state
bargaining associations that eventually led to the formation of
the Bargaining Association of North America.
Jim contributed in a
significant way to agriculture and was honored as a member of the
Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Career Achievement Registry. These
are people who through their vision, through their efforts,
through their accomplishments and through their support have
contributed in a significant way to agriculture. Jim served 11
years on the Oregon Potato Commission and traveled all over the
world representing the commission.
Jim was preceded in
death by a son, Steve. He leaves behind his wife Carol, daughters
Susan and Mike Horvat, Debbie and Jeff Bitton and son, John and
Gina Wampler. Along with 8 grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren, there is an extended and close family who
will miss him.
Services will be on
Wednesday, July 25 at 2pm, Calvary Lutheran Church, Stayton.
Graveside, Powell Butte Cemetery, July 26th at 10am.