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James Arthur Lettenmaier
date of birth October 29 1924
date of death July 30 2019
Jim and his wife of 68 years, Eileen, lived in Canby, Ore., for their last 23 years together. Jim served during World War II as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, completing 35 air missions. In the final years of his life, he was celebrated for his service, appearing in parades, speaking engagements and on television to support and raise money to recognize retired veterans. After the war, he started working as a plumber. In the latter half of his career, he supervised work in high tech manufacturing facilities.
Jim loved to fish and for many years, he kept a boat near the mouth of the Columbia for regular deep-sea fishing trips with family and friends. After retirement, Jim and Eileen traveled overseas, including two tours through Europe, two trips to Brazil and one trip to the Orient. They also bought an RV and traveled throughout the Western U.S. with the Bounders RV Club. After spending a few winters in Arizona in their RV, they purchased a manufactured home in a park outside Phoenix where they spent their winters for nearly 20 years. Jim helped start a computer club and a digital camera club at the park and he was a frequent instructor in weekly classes. He was an avid card player and he was always up for a game with family or friends. He also enjoyed golfing with Eileen and playing games and watching movies, particularly with his children and grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, Arthur, Douglas and Sandra; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Canby Funeral Chapel, 160 S. Grant Street, Canby, OR, with a reception thereafter, followed by interment in Willamette National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
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Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Jone drury You were the best Uncle and best friend. Gonna miss you a lot. Thanks for always being there for mom and I. Love you always!