H. James (Jim) Herres
June 1, 1931 - March 4, 2012
H. James (Jim) Herres, age 80, was called home to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2012. He died at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane after a sudden series of cardiac arrests.
He was born June 1, 1931, in Pomeroy to the late Michael P. and Mary (Kucklick) Herres. He started grade school at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Pomeroy, and then in 1942 the family moved to Walla Walla, where he attended Saint Patrick's Catholic School and graduated from Saint Patrick's High School in 1949. Jim served in the U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, and received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, United Nations Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. On May 1, 1954, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marilyn J. Page, in Walla Walla, and together raised their six children in Pomeroy.
Jim and Marilyn made their home for 57 years in Pomeroy until moving in October of 2011 to Cheney to be near family. Jim spent 38 years of his professional life at Farm Home Supply and Ferd Herres Chevrolet as a business partner with his brother, Ferd Herres. Jim retired in 1996 and enjoyed traveling with Marilyn and the Heritage Club members, working in his garden and orchard, special projects in the church and community along with time with their family and friends.
Jim was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy, serving numerous years on the church and school council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1460 serving as secretary for 52 years, and a member of the 4th Degree Knights. He was a member of the Pomeroy VFW Strain-Miller Post 2351 and Lewiston Elk's Lodge No. 896.
Jim started the first Pomeroy Special Olympics in 1985 and in the years following coached and chaperoned along with Marilyn supporting their son, Jimmy, and other Pomeroy residents.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 57 years; his children, David and Kathy Herres of Walla Walla, Judy and Tim Hahner of Fairfield, Wash., Tim and Debbie Herres of Newport, Wash., Jennifer and Dan Spisak of Cheney, Jimmy Herres of Kennewick, Edward and Lynn Herres of Cheney; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Sister Mary Ann Herres, SNJM of Spokane; two brothers, Joe Herres of Walla Walla, Richard Herres of Pomeroy; two sister-in-laws, Audrey Herres of Walla Walla, Mary Page of Silverdale, Wash.; and two brother-in-laws, David and Kathy Page of Redding, Calif., Thomas and Maida Page of Walla Walla. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Mike, Leonard, John, Herman, Hubert and Ferd.
Funeral services for H. James Herres will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 474 6th St., Pomeroy, followed by burial at Holy Rosary Cemetery. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012, at Holy Rosary Church. Relatives and friends are welcome at the Herring- Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St, Walla Walla for visitation on Sunday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the church in Pomeroy on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the rosary.
The family suggest memorials be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church Anniversary Fund or Washington Special Olympics.
The family would like to thank the staff of Sessions Village and Cheney Care Center, Dr. Patel and ICU staff of Deaconess Medical for all of their care and support.
Friends and family are invited to sign the on line guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.