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JAMES "JIM" THOMPSON DERRY
April 6, 1925 ~ July 14, 2013
James "Jim" Derry, 88, of Vancouver, passed away on Sunday morning, July 14, 2013, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born April 6, 1925 to Gordon M. and Ellen Jeanette Derry in Mayville, Michigan.
Jim attended Mayville High School, Ferris State University, and the University of Michigan.
Jim enlisted in the Marines at age 19 and served in World War II. He was wounded while serving in Saipan and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.
After the service, Jim returned to Michigan and was the Deputy Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department in Farmington.
Jim then became employed by the U.S. Department of Defense working in Taiwan and Japan.
Jim was an active member of Trout Unlimited starting the Vancouver Chapter and served on the State Hearing Aid Council in Olympia.
Jim attended First Baptist Church in Vancouver, WA.
He is survived by his loving wife, Julia; two daughters, Kristine Strauss and husband, Jim of Indianapolis, Indiana and Sandra Derry of Sterling Heights, Michigan; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Ellen Jeanette Derry; and his late wife, Matsuyo.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at First Baptist Church, 108 W. 27th, Vancouver, WA on Wednesday, July 17th at 10 a.m.
Private interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, WA.
Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
Published in The Columbian on July 16, 2013