JAMES M. CALBREATH

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JAMES MARSHALL CALBREATH February 13, 1922 ~ May 5, 2014 A well-loved and admired man, James Marshall Calbreath passed away on May 5, 2014, at age 92. He was born February 13, 1922, in The Dalles, Oregon, the ninth child of Lillian and Thomas Calbreath. His family moved to the Corning area in 1928. He loved and played all sports in high school, and, later on, one of his passions was coaching both Corning and Chico Little League teams. Jim proudly served his Country during WWII with the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe winning the Soldier's Medal. He fell in love with and married high school classmate Blanche Burt on February 23, 1946. They were partners in golf, raising their children and living a full life. They were very much involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren with mutual fondness and adoration. Blanche predeceased him on September 13, 2010. Jim is survived by daughter and son-in-law Carla and Jerry Dunham, son and daughter-in-law Douglas and Linda Calbreath, son Jeff Calbreath, grandchildren; Nancy (Jim) Flint, Stephanie Calbreath (Joe Gibson), Jason (Gina) Dunham, Kara (Russell) Flores, five great-grandchildren, Steele and Jaeda Flores, Allison and Jane Flint, Luca Dunham and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was well known and liked in Corning having worked as a postal carrier, salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, City of Corning Building Official and Fire Chief. He was an active member of the Corning Volunteer Fire Department for 39 years and served as Chief for 17 years. He was very active with family and friends, enjoying such activities as water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, card games, coaching Little League and golfing. In retirement he kept busy driving vehicle exchanges for local dealerships. For many years Jim participated in VFW Military Honor Guard Ceremonies. The Corning VFW will be honoring him in this way on Sunday, May18, at 1:00 PM at the Corning Fire Hall. A reception with a meal prepared by the Corning Volunteer Fire Department will follow the ceremony. Donations in Jim's name may be made to The Corning Volunteer Fire Department at 815 5th St., Corning, CA 96021 or a .
Published in Daily News on May 14, 2014
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