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JAMES EDWARD SISK June 25, 1921 April 26, 2017 Einan's at Sunset Jim Sisk of Richland, husband of Mary for 68 years and father of ten children, passed peacefully in the presence of his family. Jim was born in Spokane, Wash., to Paul and Rose Sisk. He attended Gonzaga High School and played on the school's basketball and baseball teams. He enjoyed ice skating and hockey on the rink he and his brothers made on the family's lot. He had fond memories of hitchhiking to a local golf course where he caddied and developed a lifelong love of golf. As a teen, Jim worked summers at a relative's wheat farm in the Palouse, where he learned to drive in a Model T. In his college years he worked at a shoe store. Jim graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Gonzaga University in 1943 and then entered the U. S. Navy. At USNR Midship- men's School, Columbia University, he was commissioned as Lieutenant, Junior Grade. After World War II, Jim worked in Spokane for Washington Water Power and in 1947 moved to Richland to work for various Hanford contractors. He earned his Professional Engineers License in 1952, specializing in instrumentation. He belonged to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and for several years was Tri-Cities Technical Council President. He retired from Kaiser Engineers in 1989. Jim was considered the best athlete of the family. His passion for golf continued into his nineties. Not surprisingly, on his ninetieth birthday he bested his sons, sons-in-law and grandsons in a round. Jim also enjoyed bowling and he continued with league play into his nineties. As a young adult he also played in the popular Richland softball leagues. He later coached several sons on their baseball teams. Jim's love of fishing started with his father and continued with his children into their adulthood. His fondness for fly fishing meant trips to the upper Yakima, Tucannon, Deschutes and Wallowa rivers and other great fishing areas in Washington and Oregon. Jim enjoyed camping and backpacking trips in the Cascades with his adult children and grandchildren. He was known for his sweet tooth, which he would appease with a chocolate bar while following Richland High School football and basketball games on the radio. Jim was a talented singer and sang in various ensembles, including the Richland Meistersingers Men's Chorus (late 1940s 1960s), Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale, barbershop quartets and in several Richland Light Opera productions. He was a cantor and choir member at Christ the King Parish in Richland. At Christmas, it was a treat to hear Jim sing "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night." "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" was a favorite at home and he also entertained his children occasionally on his fiddle and harmonica. Jim was a Fourth-Degree Knight of Columbus and once served as Grand Knight of the Richland Council. He assisted the needy through St. Vincent De Paul, and later through the local food bank. He was a Richland Kiwanis member and served on the board of the parish Catholic Charities. His easy-going nature and congeniality endeared Jim to many people. Jim is survived by his wife, Mary, children John (Mary Anne), Karen (Monte Sula), Robert, Mark (Laura Chandler), son-in-law Jerry Moro (Lori), Ellen (Tim Blair), David (Mary Hartman), Daniel (Barbara) and Amy Muhlestein (Mylan). He was preceded in death by his daughter Martha Sisk Moro, son Thomas, four brothers and a sister. Jim had 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Jim will be deeply missed by family members and all others that knew, loved and admired him. He had a great sense of humor and will be remembered as a true gentleman with a compassionate heart. Jim lived a fruitful life, had many wonderful experiences, and performed countless acts of service. He was an inspiration and will be remembered with fondness. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday May 5th, noon at Christ the King Church. Rosary, Thursday, May 4th, 7:00 PM at Einan's Funeral Home chapel. The family thanks Chaplaincy Hospice Care and Pioneer Adult Family Home. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 3, 2017