James W. (Jim) Elder, 79, a lifelong resident of Lakeview passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
He was born on April 5, 1934 in Lakeview to Elmer Elder and Betty Sherman Elder.
Jim was raised in Lake County, growing up and working on the family ranches in Valley Falls, Paisley and Bly. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School in 1953. He joined the United States Marine Corp in the fall of 1953 serving honorably and earning the rank of Sargent until his discharge in the April of 1958.
Jim married Betty Jo Bradley July 23, 1958 in Reno, Nev. They settled in Lake County with Jim working at the Bureau of Land Management, Lakeview Lumber and finally at the Fremont Saw Mill beginning in 1962. Jim and Betty Jo settled on H Street in Lakeview, raising three boys, Ed, Joe and John. Jim worked at Fremont until his retirement in 1998, becoming a certified lumber grader, winning a national award. He coached his boys and many others in Little League baseball.
He was a life member of the Lakeview Elks Lodge and on the local planning commission serving as commissioner. Jim was an avid fly fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman, known for his sharp-shooting skills. He truly enjoyed spending time with family especially when fishing, hunting and camping or watching Oregon football.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty Jo; son Joe; sister Sally.
Jim is survived by son and daughter-in-law Ed and Nancy Elder; son John Elder; grandchildren James, Jessica, Kevin and Brian Elder; numerous other members of his extended family.
Services will be held at The Elks Lodge on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at noon, followed by a potluck.
Memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s memory to the charity of your choice.
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.