James S. Gallinger
May 7, 1926 – February 7, 2014

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 James.

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.

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