Jim passed away on May 12, 2019, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam, Washington. He was born on May 22, 1927, to Ernest Rodney Page and Frances May Bartholomew Page in Wibaux, Montana and was the youngest of seven children.
He and his family moved to Washington State when he was 15. He attended school at Moclips. He had to drop out of school to help support his family. In 1945 at the age of 18, Jim joined the Navy where he was a diesel engine mechanic and he served in the Naval Reserves until 1947. In March of 1955 he enlisted into the Air Force where he was a jet engine mechanic.
James Arthur Page was married to Erleen Joyce Hetherington on Dec. 23, 1955, at the Methodist Church in Central Park, Washington. They moved to his duty station in Sacramento, California. A year later their daughter, Sally, was born and two and a half years later a son, Jack, was born.
He retired from the Air Force in August of 1974 and moved into the present Hoquiam family home.
He then began his employment as a mechanic with the City of Hoquiam and retired from there in 1996.
Jim loved fishing, reading, watching western movies, fixing engines, recreational panning for gold, woodworking and going to the Elma Raceway.
James is survived by his daughter, Sally Page of Aberdeen, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Jim was preceded in death by; his wife, Erleen; his son, Jack; his parents; two brothers, Rodney and Ernest as well as his four sisters, Ethel, Thelma, Alice and Daisy.
The family requests donations be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Bob Hoem officiating and military honors accorded by the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honors Team. The service will conclude at the chapel with private inurnment to be held later at the Hoquiam Sunset Memorial Park, Bower Mausoleum Niches.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington.
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