John W. James John Wiley James, age 101, a resident of Olympia since 1954, died August 15, 2013 at home in Olympia. He was born February 23, 1912 in Seattle, Washington to George P. and Linnie (Wiley) James. Mr. James graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle and the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering, class of 1932. He was also commissioned an Ensign USNR after four years of Naval ROTC. Later he did a year of graduate study in Engineering Management at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. James was married to Mary MacIlravy in Everett, Washington on June 19, 1935. After their marriage, he worked five years in the Midwest for B.F. Goodrich Co. in Akron, Ohio, General Tire & Rubber Co. in Wabash, Indiana, and Gulf Refining Co. in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1940, the family returned to Seattle where he worked for Boeing in the Production Department. During WWII, he served four years in the Navy, the last two years in the Southwest Pacific aboard the USS Sanders (DE40) and the USS McCoy Reynolds (DE440), which he commanded. After the war, he served in the occupation of Japan, making biweekly trips from Okinawa to Nagasaki and Sasebo, carrying mail and passengers and escorting larger vessels. After WWII, Mr. James worked for Boeing and Graystone Concrete Products Co. in Seattle, and moved to Olympia as manager of Graystone of Olympia. After Graystone was sold to Boise Cascade, he started his own general contracting business, working in Southwest Washington for 12 years. Mr. James was a past president of the Magnolia Community Club in Seattle, the Olympia Rotary Club, and the State Association of Intermediate (ESD) School Boards. He was active in Toastmasters, Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Westminster Presbyterian Church, and the OMUG computer users group. He played golf for many years. John's wife Mary died in March 2005, after 69 years of loving marriage. He is survived by a son, Stephen P. (Meg) in Lake Oswego, Oregon; three grandchildren, Jeni Howland (Douglas), David James, and Adrienne James (Clayton Binkley); and five great grandchildren, Joshua, Campbelle, and McClane Howland, Sierra James, and Fergus Binkley-James. A son, William D. predeceased him in 1993. A memorial service for Mr. James will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2 pm. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army, The United Way, or to
. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org. Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, 360-753-1065.
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Published in The Olympian on Sept. 8, 2013