1931 - 2013
Jim was born July 10, 1931, in Minneapolis. He served in the Navy and then the Air Force. He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, where he met Carolyn Sperry at a USO dance. They were married in 1953 on his 22nd birthday.
Jim worked for Pacific Northwest Bell as a coin collector, telephone installer and communications consultant. In January 1968, he was transferred to Walla Walla as marketing manager. He retired from AT&T in June 1985 with 30 years perfect attendance. In the next phase of his life he was a bailiff in Superior Court, a ticket agent at Cascade Airlines, banquet manager at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, a bus driver and customer service agent, both at Valley Transit. After retirement Jim installed telephone jacks as a sideline until his eyesight began to fail. He enjoyed fishing, golf, spending time surrounded by his family and annual trips to Hawaii with Carolyn. Many hours were spent listening to talking books with his beloved kitty Sophie on his lap.
Jim is survived by wife, Carolyn, his loving caregiver for six years; son, Brett (Rhonda) of Dixie; son, Gary of Walla Walla; daughters, Lisa McCane of Walla Walla, Linda McCane (Toby Bento) of Kauai; three grandsons, Nicholas McCane of Walla Walla, Chris and Chaz Bento of Kauai; sister, Barbara Tingdale of Minneapolis; several nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by parents, Myrtle and Olaf Thunold; sister, Winnifred Kuehl, all of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Camille Manuel of Walla Walla.
Jim’s sense of humor and outgoing personality will be greatly missed.
At his request there will be no service and burial will be private. Memorial contributions to the Providence St. Mary Foundation’s Chronic Kidney Disease Special Needs Fund or the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library can be made through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.