James “Jim” Edward Popplewell “Poppy,” 74, of College
Place, Washington, passed away on Tuesday, February 5,
- He was born in Gordon, Nebraska, on August 20,
1938 to Jack and Grace (Barnes) Popplewell. When Jim
was seven years old, he and his family moved from the dry
central plains to the lush Idaho panhandle near Sandpoint.
He and his two younger brothers were raised on the
family ranch and Jim quickly learned the meaning of the
word “work.” It was also in this setting, however, that he
developed a love of the outdoors, enjoyed the fragrance of
the woods, gained a deep appreciation for wildlife, and was
brought close to the gracious love of God.
After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1956,
Jim attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Walla
Walla University in College Place. He enjoyed his college
studies and, typical of his industriousness, helped earn his
tuition by working on campus where he made many special
friendships that have endured through the years.
Jim and Ruth(ie) Hope Lawrence met in 1964. On
May 30, 1965 they were married by Dr. Percy Christian,
President of Walla Walla University, in the Heubach
Chapel of the campus church. The newly-weds made their
home in College Place, and Jim continued to reside there
until the time of his passing.
Jim, a charter member of the College Place Police
Department Reserves, took his oath of office in 1962. He
also served as a Reserve Officer and a full-time Dispatcher
from 1964 to 1966. Later he established a painting and
repair business, and he was well-known throughout the
community as a meticulous worker with an upbeat attitude.
Because of his experience, Walla Walla University hired him
as Manager of the Paint Department at Plant Services. While
there he hired many students, teaching them how to paint by
sharing with them his painting tips for a professional job,
thus providing them with skills they could use in later life.
One summer he and his crew painted the entire interior of
the men’s dormitory. He delighted in working with young
people, and many of them remember him fondly to this day.
He was an avid fisherman and an all-around outdoors
man. He enjoyed fishing for trout in local lakes and streams
and ocean fishing for Chinook salmon. Tying fishing flies,
metal detecting, gardening, hunting, and vehicle repairing
were a few of his hobbies. A multi-talented man, he
extended his interests to inventing an innovative fish bait
which, unlike the competition, would not rot or mold. He
and his uncle marketed his trout-targeted bait under the
name of “Super Strikes,” and indeed they were. He held
memberships in the North American Fishing Club, the NRA
of America, and the North American Hunting Club.
Jim was a man acquainted with pain and suffering.
Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he shared his love of
life with all he met. With his outgoing personality, great
ability to tell a funny story, and infectious laugh, he never
knew a stranger. He was especially attentive to the needs of
the handicapped and was always willing to help and say a
kind word. During the time he was bed-bound, he enjoyed
the Kindle that was given to him as a gift by his nephew.
He ordered many books for reading on the Kindle, among
which was a digital copy of the Holy Bible that he read from
Genesis to Revelation in the span of one month.
He was preceded in death by his parents (his mother
recently passed away at the age of 102); his brothers,
Joseph and Donald Popplewell; his cousin, Alys Popplewell
Anderson and his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Red, who was his
constant companion. He is survived by his wife of almost 48
years; his nephews, Gary (Erin Sue) Lawrence (Maryland);
Alan Lawrence (Walla Walla); Glen (Deborah) Lawrence
and their two children Mary and Eric Lawrence (Maryland);
great-niece Cori Lawrence (Matthew) DeMoss and their two
children Julie Hope and Tommy (Maryland); sister-in-law
Vicki K. Lawrence (Nebraska); special family friend Antonia
O’Sullivan (Spokane); nieces Geraldine Kern and Jacque
Quantrille (Alaska); cousins Larry Popplewell (Arizona),
Del Barnes and Larry (Karen) Barnes (Washington), Marty
(Cathy) Popplewell and their son Daniel (California); uncle
Harold (Shirley) Popplewell (Walla Walla) and their two
daughters Susan (Melvin) Farnsworth and Pam Popplewell
(Washington); and dear friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-
Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla,
Washington. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on
Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the
College Place Village SDA Church, 12th and Larch Streets,
College Place. Chaplain Walt Meske will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mikey’s Chance
Canine Rescue through the funeral home.
Relatives and friends may write memories and sign the
online guest book at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com
JAMES EDWARD POPPLEWELL August 20, 1938 – February 5, 2013
THIS IS JAMES E. POPPLEWELL
A Man of Honor in the Eyes of God and Man
A Man of Courage in the Face of Physical Disabilities and Sickness
A Man of Strength of Spirit in Spite of Setbacks, and
A Man of Steadfast Faith in and Love of God, Family, and Friends