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James Lewis Wilber Jr. Obituary
James Lewis Wilber Jr. James Lewis Wilber Jr, born August 11, 1932 to parents James L. Wilber and Muriel Briggs Wilber, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2014. He was a direct decendent of Wylebore born abt 1330, and the first son of the first son for 9 generations. Jimmy was born and raised in San Bernadino CA. At age 13 the family moved to homestead Clam Gulch in the remote wilderness on the Kenai Pennisula in Alaska. He best years in life were spent hunting and fishing and out running the wolves. He was a great story teller and his best stories were always of Alaska. After returning to Southern California he joined the Navy at age 17. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge during the Korean War. After the war he returned home to his first wife Lila, and young family. He worked as a commercial baker and Union Shop Steward. After retiring Jimmy moved north to the beautiful Redwoods and embraced the Southern Humboldt Lifestyle. He was the night manager at the Benbow Inn for many years and was well known as the bartender and bouncer for both the Branding Iron and the Cellar. He loved riding his Harley and going to Grateful Dead Concerts and proud to have smoked one with Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan in Oakland. Despite his pain and orneriness he had a huge heart of gold and always helped others in need. He was a strong family man and the best grandpa ever. He is preceded in death by his parents, younger sister Murielann, and his youngest child James Larry Wilber. He is survived by his wife and love of 22 years, Kathy, his son Steven Wilber, daughter Kitty and son in law Dave Simera, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grand children. There will be a graveside service Saturday, June 21st, at the Garberville Cemetary followed by a Celebration of Life and pot luck at the Veterans Hall, on Conger Street in Garberville. Please come with memories and stories. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on June 13, 2014
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