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James Franklin Carmody

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James Franklin Carmody
James Franklin Carmody passed away peacefully at his home on October 17, 2016. He was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on December 24, 1923 to Georgia (Smith) Carmody and Thomas G. Carmody. Jim was the youngest of three boys, with older brothers Cortland and L.G.. Their father was a meat cutter in Nebraska and Jim spent his first 8 years in Ansley, Broken Bow, Scotts Bluff, and McCook. At an early age, Jim followed his brothers into boxing "smokers" where they learned about competition. In 1934, the family moved to the state of Washington and ultimately settled in Ellensburg. After Jim's father spotted the college in Ellensburg, he knew this was a place where his three boys could earn a valuable education. Jim graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1943 where he honed his competitive spirit and excelled in basketball, track and football. He also belonged to Hi-Y and was a member of the chorus. Throughout these years, Jim held many jobs to help his family make ends meet, including paper delivery boy, lawn mower, wood stacker, sheep herder, ditch digger, sign boy and ultimately assistant manager at the Liberty Theatre.
Jim graduated during the war years and was swiftly drafted into the Army in August of 1943. He joined his brothers Cortland and L.G. in service to their country and was assigned to the 41st Division in the South Pacific on Finchaven, Hollandia and Biak. A gangrene infection led to hospitalization in Biak, followed by a hospital plane trip to Madigan Hospital. After several months of recovery, Jim was assigned to Camp Cook, California as a guard for German prisoners of war. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and enrolled at Central Washington College of Education, where he resumed his athletic career and graduated in 1950.
On June 30, 1949, Jim married Dorothy Oneal, the love of his life. He worked in road construction for C.E. Oneal, Inc. building highways throughout the Pacific Northwest, including major segments of I-90 between Easton and Snoqualmie Pass. Later, he purchased Central Distributors, a wholesale candy and tobacco company that supplied grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, and retail outlets throughout Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Upon retirement, Jim and Dorothy traveled extensively to all 50 states, Canada and Europe.
Jim cared deeply about giving back to his community and over the years served on the Kittitas County Board of Adjustment and the Ellensburg School Board. He enriched countless young lives by coaching and assisting many youth sports teams including baseball, basketball and swimming. He, himself remained an exceptional athlete over the years, whether on the tennis court or golf course.
Above all else, Jim was committed to his family and friends. He never missed his children's or grandchildren's sporting and school events. Highlights were trips taken with each grandchild to mark his/her twelfth birthday. Jim's many friends throughout Central Washington always could count on his help and support during good times and bad times. He was unfailingly positive, warm and fun loving.
Jim is survived by his wife of 67 years Dorothy; children James (Jane) Carmody, Patrick (Glenna) Carmody, Laurie (Wally) Ausserer, and Kerry (Ben) Smith; twelve grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Celebration of life service will be held at Ellensburg Presbyterian Church this Saturday, 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts of remembrance may be sent to the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church, 1300 E. 3rd Avenue, Ellensburg.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brooksidefhc.com.

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Published in Daily Record from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2016
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