His early years were spent on Spokane’s south hill, attending Hutton Elementary and Lewis and Clark High (Class of ‘55).
After a two year stint at Washington State College, he joined the Navy in 1958 and was discharged in 1960, settling in San Francisco.
After breaking his leg in a skiing accident in Lake Tahoe, he was x-rayed by Kathryn Corrigan who would become his wife on June 15, 1968.
They would eventually move to Oroville, WA and raise their three children.
He applied his trade as an electrician at the lumber mill in Omak, WA, retiring in 1997.
His retirement years were spent summering in Oroville, where he would get his money’s worth by playing, at minimum, four rounds of golf per week at the world renowned Oroville Golf Club (Augusta National of the Northwest); and wintering in Houston, TX, where he joined his sister Charlotte in exploration of the Gulf Coast.
He was graced with a happy death and graduated into eternal life at 9:45 AM on Monday, February 18, 2013, after saying goodbye to his loved ones.
His family is eternally grateful to the Kekic Family and the outstanding staff at the Spokane Veteran’s Home for their loving care over the last four years, as his health deteriorated.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister, Charlotte of Columbia Falls, MT; son, Cory (Molly) of Spokane; son, Kevin of Oroville; daughter, Brigid, also of Columbia Falls and eight grandchildren, Jacob, Sofia, Addison, Maya, Calista, John Paul, Dominic and Gianna.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 5021 N. Nelson.
Private inurnment will be at Queen of Peace Cemetery immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests your time and talent be shared with the warriors at the Spokane Veteran’s Home or wherever they may reside in your community.
Please visit James’ on-line memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
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