James E. “Jim” Van Winkle, 81, a resident of the Forest Grove community, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2003, at the Camelot Care Center in Forest Grove.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Graveside Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Masonic Cemetery in Albany, Ore.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the chapel service, to be held in the fellowship room of the funeral home.
Mr. Van Winkle was born Nov. 30, 1921, in North Bend, Ore., the son of Stanley and Regina (Liska) Van Winkle. His father was a preacher in Central and Eastern Oregon, where Jim was raised and received his education. He attended school in Prinville and later Hubbard, where he graduated from High School.
He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business in 1946. Jim then attended Harvard University, receiving his Masters in Business Administration in 1947.
Mr. Van Winkle was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Marine Corps. Jim was part of the 1st commando unit called Carlson’s Raiders at the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1943 after being wounded in combat.
Jim worked in insurance sales throughout his lifetime. During the late 1950s and early 60s, Jim worked for Oregon Physician Services as vice president in charge of sales. He later was president of a life insurance company in Texas. In 1969, Jim returned to Oregon, having been hired as one of the representatives for AFLAC in the State of Oregon. Jim worked out of his Raleigh Hills office for nine years until he retired in 1978.
He was a member of the Marine Raider Association and attended their annual meetings/reunions. He received their monthly newsletter, called the “Raider Patch,” which he enjoyed reading.
Among his many interests, Jim enjoyed working with leather, making gifts for many and passing on his craft to his sons. He especially enjoyed carving and painting western scenes. He also enjoyed gardening and watching the seasons from germinating to growing to harvesting.
For a time, Jim served as Scoutmaster for his sons’ Boy Scout troop during the mid-60s.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Johnny Van Winkle and Joseph Van Winkle both in 2002.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce A. Van Winkle and Patricia McMackin of Banks, Ore.; Dr. Gary W. Van Winkle of Eugene, Ore.; and David K. and Colleen Van Winkle of Hillsboro, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa J. and Henrique Lucas of Portland, Ore.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Cal Townsend of Colorado and Alison Cronin of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren, William “Chip” Van Winkle and his wife, Knico of Banks, Ore.; Benjamin “Ben” Van Winkle of Los Angeles, Calif.; Daniel “Dan” Van Winkle serving in the United States Army Reserves currently stationed in Baghdad; Amber Van Winkle and Nathan Van Winkle both of Hillsboro, Ore.; Zareen Van Winkle of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Saadia Van Winkle of Seattle, Wash.; and Joshua Lucas of Portland, Ore.; a great-grandson, Garrett James Van Winkle and several nieces, nephews and cousins including Jerry and Diane Van Winkle, Norvan Liska, and Darrell Liska.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, Va., 20190 or to The Wilderness Society, 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C., 20036 in his memory.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements.