Sublimity – James,
87, also known as Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and Friend, was
born in Devils Lake, ND on May 7, 1926, and forever had
branded in his memory, his Moms words of his birth “the year
the lake went dry!” He was number five of six – one
brother and four sisters, who all preceded him in death.
James’ life growing up was hard. Farming was the family
livelihood and it was said “if this family didn’t have bad
luck they wouldn’t have had any luck at all!!”
Along came World War
II, and off he went to join the Marines – a sense of pride
and accomplishment he carried throughout his lifetime, with
his involvement in Marine Corps reunions. Serving his country
in the Pacific theater took him to the invasion of Pelielu
where he lost several friends but he was spared to be
honorably discharged two years later.
Making his way to
Oregon where his family had migrated, brought him to Portland
and to the same street where a cute, and sweet 15 year-old
girl named Betty Schnepp lived. Cupid shot his arrow and when
Betty turned 16 they officially started their life together.
This union produced two wonderful children – Jim and Sherry
who were welcomed with lots of love. A steady and long term
job with Portland General Electric Company meant providing for
his family through their growing up years. Time passed and
marriages brought grandchildren and great-grandchildren into
the family circle who were welcomed with open arms and love.
Again time kept
marching on and found retirement a reality. Yuma, AZ was the
home spot six months out of the year for the next 17 years.
Being with wonderful friends, participating in fun activities,
traveling, and enjoying the warmth of the sun filled their
days while there. Being home in Oregon brought gardening,
lunch dates, and visiting with family. Life for Dad changed
abruptly and for that matter all of us, when in May 2007 his
bride of 59 years was taken from us in death.
In the ensuing
years, illness and age related issues began their advancement
on his body. We pray now that his earthly journey is over, he
is beginning his Heavenly one with Mom and all those family
and friends who have preceded him in death. James was a member
of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity, the Elks and
Santiam Senior Center.
He is survived by
children: Jim (Celeste) Gallinger of Stayton and Sherry (Ken)
Sherman of Springfield; 5 grandchildren and 9
great-grandchildren. A special thanks to Larry Perton at
Canyon Adult Care Home for the wonderful care he gave to
Mass of Christian
Burial will be Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Interment at
Willamette National Cemetery in Portland will be at a later
date. Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.