James Burgess Funk, 88, of Anacortes, Washington, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013, surrounded by his family, at Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Jim was born in Anacortes on January 17, 1925, the middle child of Gladys Irene and Wallie V. Funk, Sr.
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Jim attended Dewey School with his brothers, Wallie and Charlie, and a group of Campbell Lake and Dewey Beach children that became lifelong friends.
Jim served in the Navy/Marines and was part of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Division during World War II as a Pharmacist 2nd Class. He was part of the first wave to land on Iwo Jima. Jim received the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation for his involvement and dedication during the War.
After the War, Jim finished his education at the University of Washington, graduating in 1950, and began working in hotel management. Jim moved back to Anacortes, where he met Katherine (Kathy) Mustacich, who was working in a local bank. They were married on February 9, 1957.
Jim began working for Western International Hotels and he and the family moved all around the Western United States. They lived in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Minnesota and Missouri, with Jim managing everything from a 4-star hotel to a trailer park that housed contractors working on Minuteman Missile installations, and finally ended up on Mercer Island, Washington.
Daughter Carolyn was born in 1959, daughter Joanne in 1971. In 1972, Jim and Kathy moved their family back to Anacortes and purchased Cypress Stationers, an office and art supply store, from Kathy's father, Tony, which they operated until 1990.
Jim was famous for his puns and clever greetings. Everyone was known as Miss America or Mr. Universe. People were always greeted with a smile and numerous word-plays and puns. Jim was a compassionate and caring person, and this showed through to all who met him.
Jim's faith was very important to him and could be seen in his involvement in many church activities over the years, along with attending daily and Saturday evening Mass. Jim played a big part in the remodel of St. Mary's in the late 1970's. He and Kathy even taught RCIA classes in their home in the evenings and gave rides to Mass for those in need. Jim was dedicated to his family, as were they to him. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughters, Carolyn Stauffer and Joanne Dyer; son-in-law Harold Dyer; grandchildren, Ryan Stauffer and Robert, Katie, and Sean Dyer; and brother, Wallie V. Funk, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charlie Funk; and granddaughter, Rose Stauffer.
A Rosary service was held on Monday, December 16, 2013 and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes, WA with interment at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Jim, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
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1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Jan. 3, 2014