James Williams(1933 - 2012)

James "Jim" Edward Williams

June 16, 1933 - December 4, 2012

SALEM - James "Jim" Edward Williams, a native Oregonian, was born in Canby Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde E. Williams, Evelyn A. (Moore) Williams and his sisters Helen and Doris.

He was raised in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Franklin High School in 1950 and lived in Salem since 1956.

Jim was proud to become an Oregon State Policeman in 1957 and served as a highway patrolman for 10 years. Following several promotions, he was promoted to the rank of Captain with the title of Communications Division Commander.

He retired in 1984 as a Major in the State Police Reserves. He then worked as a detective for the Criminal Division, Legislative Security and later as security at the Governor's residence. He retired again in September of 2007 after having devoted 50 years of service to his state.

He was highly respected, loyal and loved by many who also enjoyed his sense of humor. He had a keen sense of how to diffuse a difference between two people; and then compliment and encourage them to strive to understand each other's point of view. He liked his name but especially liked being called "Jimbo" by his step sons, "Papa" by his grandchildren and "Big Papa" by his great-grandsons.

Jim was devoted to preserving family and state history and liked to share information about his great grandparents, the Hardisons, coming to Oregon in wagon #2 in 1845. Their pictures are hung on a wall in the Historic Brunk House in Salem. He donated two very old octagon barrel rifles to the Polk County Museum that are believed to have been brought across the plains to Oregon by his family.

Jim enjoyed water sports, fishing and baseball. He also earned his license to pilot small aircraft. After retiring, Jim & Kathy enjoyed traveling full time for five years as they explored the western United States. They frequently were on a quest to find the next "new to them" waterfall and have numerous pictures to share with others their love of hiking.

He was a charter member of the Keizer Elks Club since 1971, a life member since 2002, a member of the Salem Rod & Gun Club, Sons & Daughters of Oregon Pioneers and past president/member of the Salem Pilots Association.

Jim married Virginia L. (Rumelhart) Sherwood in 1952 and together they raised their three children in Salem. Marsha L. Williams, Marilyn L. Ciszkowski and Steven P. Williams.

Jim married Kathleen D. (Cummings, Hawkins) in 1983. She has two sons from a previous marriage. Alan S. Hawkins and Darrell G. Hawkins. Together, they have 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim's memory to Oregon State Police Fallen Troopers Memorial 4676 Commercial St. SE PMB #516, Salem, Oregon 97302.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Saturday January 5, 2013 at The Keizer Renaissance Inn, 5188 Wittenberg Lane N, Keizer, Oregon 97303. Arrangements by Restlawn Funeral Home.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 30, 2012