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1916 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Almost 95 years ago, Jim was born in the oldest house built on Fir Island, still standing today. It was the home of his parents John and Ellen Swanberg-Wylie. His older brother Jack was three years old.

Jim attended area schools and graduated from Washington State College (University) in 1937.

A few years later he saw two girls across the room at the Rexville Grange Hall. He asked Phyllis Deane of Anacortes to dance and this led to a happy marriage of 46 years. They lived in Friday Harbor where Jim was County Agent. Jim and Phyllis moved back to the family farm in 1948 with their two small children, Marcie and Curtis living in the house where Jim was born. Later Jim and Phyllis' third child Jilene was born.

Jim and his brother Jack bought the family farm from their father John, beginning the long and successful partnership of Wylie Brothers. The family farm grew to include their sons Curtis and Dallas Wylie and became Wylie Inc. The success of the farm increased and they were dairy family of the year in 1976.

Dad was a quiet, gentle, and generous man who had many friends throughout his lifetime. He was director of the Skagit County Dairy Federation, and longtime member of the Farm Bureau. He was a 70+ year member of the Grange, served on the State Fair Commission under Gov. Rosellini, as well as serving as State Committeeman for the USDA Farm Service Agency under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was also on the board of directors for Skagit Grange Supply for 30 years and a long time member and supporter of Mount Vernon First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

His many interests included photography, fast pitch softball, boating in the San Juan's, and traveling by car, motor homes, and motorcycle. He was a long time member in the BMW Motorcycle Association, a collector of art, and an avid supporter of WSU with membership in the Alumni Association and Cougar Club. Jim was a supporter and contributor of MONA in La Connor, where he served as a docent for a number of years, the Lincoln Theater, and the WSU Athletic Association.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, brother Jack, nephew Jon Wylie, niece Joan (Wylie) Vance, and special friend Clara Sprouse.

He is survived by: his children Marcelyn (Larry) Labo, Curtis Wylie, and Jilene (Glenn) Allen; grandchildren Stephanie Labo, Rachel (Jeff) King, Brian (Heather) LaBeau, Cristen (Jon) Ellis, Lisa (Arpod) Wylie, Curtis James Wylie, Conway Wylie, Jon (Tracey) Wallace, Ellen (Eddie) Hankins, and Justine Allen; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sisters in law Margaret Moore and Ruth Wylie; brother-in-law LaVern Deane; special niece and nephew Kay Wylie-Robertson, and Dallas (Darlene) Wylie; and "special" daughter Bonnie (Tom) Craig.

The family is thankful for all the care given to Jim by those at Mountain Glen, Mira Vista, SW Lifecare, and the nurses at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Instead of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Mount Vernon First Christian Church or their favorite charity.

Jim's celebration of life will be on Saturday, March 5th, at 1pm at Mount Vernon First Christian Church, 900 Skagit Street (near Lincoln School). Cougar colors of crimson and grey, and WSU clothing etc., will be appropriate attire at the celebration.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.
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