James Christian Obituary

James Embree Christian
James Embree Christian

June 15, 1917 - February 29, 2020
Born in LaPorte City, Iowa
Resided in Vancouver, WA
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James Christian, 102, Vancouver, WA, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 of natural causes.
Jim was born June 15, 1917 on a farm near La Porte City, IA. He served in the US Navy for two years and graduated from Gates Business College in 1939. He worked at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo, IA before re-enlisting in the Navy in 1942. Jim spent 44 months in the Pacific during WW II. He served on the U.S.S Fomalhaut which carried Marines for landings from the Guadalcanal campaign to Okinawa, and later carried ammunition for fighting ships. He witnessed the Allied ships burning during the “Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks” at Savo Island and spoke of the flares the Japanese planes dropped to illuminate the transport ships.
Jim married Verna Harvey December 13, 1941. Verna served as personal secretary to Edgar Kaiser, in charge of the Swan Island and Vancouver shipyards during the war. Jim and Verna returned to Iowa after the war, settled in Waterloo and had three children. Jim returned to Rath Packing and retired in 1979. He last served as Director of Hog Procurement.
After Verna passed away in 1969, Jim married Dorothy Schmidt in 1973 and gained two wonderful step-children. Jim and Dorothy retired to Vancouver, WA in 1979 and enjoyed many years of golf and the social life at Fairway Village.
Jim was committed to his family and his faith. He loved golf and woodworking. He built fine furniture treasured by his family. More than 400 people received his hand-woodworked nativities. Hundreds more enjoyed Jim’s special toy tops.
Jim is survived by his daughter Cay (Bob) Thomsen (Vancouver, WA); son Tom (Ann) Christian (Vancouver); step-son Brian (Cindy) Pecenka (Lake Ozark, MO); step-daughter Cathy Dewitz (Ankeny, IA); six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wives, sister, three brothers, son Bill, and special lady friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver at a future date.
Memorials may be directed to the Deacon’s Fund at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 8715 St. Helens Ave, Vancouver, WA 98664 or on-line at https://columbiapresbyterian.org/other/giveonline




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Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel
3414 NE 52nd Street #101
Vancouver, WA US 98661