James Harm Casper was born in Ohiawa, Nebraska, on June 28, 1936. He passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day. He was at home with loved ones by his side. Jim was 81 years old.
Jim was raised in Hermiston, Oregon. At an early age he developed a strong work ethic that would continue for his entire life. From farming, working on the The Dalles Dam to joining the Army at 17 years old, Jim took great pride in working hard. While in the service he spent most of his time in Korea.
Jim and Donna were married March of 1956. Their oldest son Tim was born January of 1957. Their other son Kim soon followed in June of 1959. They spent the early years of their marriage in Seattle, Washington, where Jim went to school at night and both worked at Boeing during the day. They moved back to Eastern Oregon where Jim and Donna spent much of their lives working in real estate and property development.
Jim and Donna were dedicated to creating a legacy that would pass on through the generations. Later in life they were able to work alongside their two sons, Tim and Kim.
When Jim wasn’t making business deals he enjoyed many things including classic cars, traveling the world, flying airplanes, and golfing. There were also many enjoyable years spent with family and friends in Palm Springs, Hawaii, Central Oregon and Vancouver, Wash. Jim and Donna were dedicated to giving back by contributing to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Meadowood speech camp, and the Elks Lodge.
Sadly, Jim was preceded in death by his two sons, Tim and Kim, his parents Maude and Harm Casper, brother Robert, and sisters Eleanor and Carole.
He is survived by his wife Donna, grandchildren April, Thomas, Taylor and Mckenzie, great-grandchildren Kimber, Kindrick and Easton, sister Cheryl, brother Milton, daughters-in-law Kelley and Jan, and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held January 20 at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, Wash.
Special thank you to sister-in-law Lee (Muldoon) Maddock and sister Cheryl Tucker for their commitment and help to both Jim and Donna throughout the recent years. A very special thank you to Jim’s lifelong friend Gene Stuart for his constant help during the past few months.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp,
P.O. Box 1025, Pendleton, OR 97801 (541-276-2752).