Jimmy James of Irrigon, Oregon, and formerly of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, passed away on December 18, 2013, at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 61 years. A funeral service will held be on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will follow at the Weston Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013, from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Jimmy James to OHSU in care of the funeral home.
Jimmy James was born on April 14, 1952, the son of James and Doris (Pound) James in Ontario, Oregon. He worked alongside his father and brothers as a timber faller in the logging industry for many years. Jimmy later went to work as a carpenter in construction. On September 10, 1975, he married Rita Ely in Weston, Oregon. Together the couple raised four daughters.
He loved the mountains, traveling, hunting, fishing and most of all spending time with his family. Jimmy was a true family man.
Survivors include his wife, Rita James of Irrigon, Oregon; daughters Camille and Robert Ogilvie of Richland, Washington, Venessa and Abel Torres of Umatilla, Oregon, and Tanalee James of Echo, Oregon; his mother, Doris James of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara Collins of Hermiston, Oregon, and Leah Steele of Kennewick, Washington; brothers Gary James and Kenny James, both of Milton-Freewater, Oregon; and other relatives and friends. His father, daughter Shannon Gilman, grandsons Cameron Crewse and Heith Gilman and a brother, Kirk James, all preceded him in death.
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