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James “Jim” Wilson May 1, 1933 - August 1, 2019

Resided in Troutdale, Oregon

James LaVern Wilson, 86, of Troutdale, Oregon, passed away on August 1, 2019, at Cherry Park Plaza Senior Care Community.

He was born May 1, 1933, on a farm south of Moorefield, Nebraska to James and Maggie (Peter) Wilson and lived on the farm until he was drafted into the Army in 1957, after the death of his father in 1953 and the death of his mother in 1957.  His military service was completed in late 1959 and after attending Airline School in Kansas City, MO, he moved to the northwest and spent the next 33 years working for Delta Airlines in Seattle (Pacific Northern Airlines which merged with Western Airlines and ultimately with Delta).

Jim (known as LaVern to his family) retired in late 1993 and moved to Fairview, Oregon, living in that area the rest of his years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Maxine Morton, Garland, Texas, in 2014.

Jim is survived by a niece Cheryl Morton of Murphy, Texas and a nephew Larry Morton (wife Beverly) of Plano, Texas and their family.   Special thanks to the staff of Cherry Park Memory Support and to Jim’s longtime friends, Rick and his family and Lee.

His burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

No Services to be held


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    Staci Parker says

    My name is Staci Parker, Rick Nelson’s daughter… Jim was a lifelong family friend and will be greatly missed!

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    My name is Connie Nelson, Rick Nelson’s wife. Jim was a caring and loving friend for over 36 years. Rick enjoyed the many talks and walks he and Jim had shared over the years. He will be missed

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    Ryan says

    Thank you for sharing a bit of Jim’s past. He was always such a pleasure to chat with. He painted pictures you could practically see, and was always genuinely interested in the topic. I only wish I’d known him longer, Jim is greatly missed.

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