Devoted husband and father, died on November 29, at the age of 84. He was born in Gooding, Idaho on May 2, 1928. His wife Naomi and he had celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary last June. He worked at KPIX and KTVU as an engineer for a total of 39 years. Jim enjoyed camping, back-packing, boating, and photography but his special love was cycling. He and Naomi lived in San Rafael for 37 years where they raised the family. In 1991, they moved to Santa Rosa as retirees and took many trips in their motor home and with Elderhostel. Jim is predeceased by his parents and by his sister. He is survived by Naomi and by his four children and spouses, Diane Preece (Tom Preece), Edith Raby (Paul Sheinfeld), Chuck Raby (Debbie Raby), Jeff Raby (Ramon Silvestre), by four grandchildren, and one great grandson. A memorial service will be held at Vineyard Commons in Santa Rosa on December 5 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding, Idaho. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sutter VNA and Hospice 1110 Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2012