Oct. 1, 1936 — June 19, 2014
Former Walla Walla resident Jim Deeney, 78, passed away on June 19, 2014, at his home in Ennis, Mont.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Ennis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Walla Walla Steelheaders Association, PO Box 1375, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Jim was born Oct. 1, 1936 in Lewistown, Mont., to James Creighton Sr. and Iola Ethel Deeney. He grew up in Montana, moving numerous times and finally settling in Washington. He graduated in 1954 from Prescott High School. He attended Central Washington University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1958. He then taught at the Walla Walla School District for one year before joining the Army in the fall of 1959.
He married Dorothy Rose Ramer on Dec. 21, 1959, and they moved to Butzbach, Germany, where he was stationed for two years. After returning to Walla Walla in 1962 he continued his teaching career and became very active in school sports. He enjoyed coaching baseball, football and girls basketball. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in education from Walla Walla College in 1971. He finished his teaching career as a counselor from Pioneer Junior High in 1997.
Jim enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He worked extensively with the Steelheaders Association of Walla Walla, where he had a great passion to teach children how to fish. During his retirement he and his wife Dorothy relocated to Ennis, Mont., where they built their retirement home. Living in Montana, he was able to enjoy his passion for hunting and fishing. He loved waking up every morning looking across the valley and seeing the Sphinx mountain range from his living room window. He and his wife were snowbirds, spending the winter months in California and Arizona, meeting a lot of new friends along the way.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 55 years of marriage; a son, Randy (Annette) Deeney of Vancouver, Wash.; a daughter, Cindy (Bud) Pederson of Ennis, Mont.; and two grandchildren, Cody Deeney of Vancouver, Wash., and Ashly Pederson of Ennis, Mont. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Deeney.