James A. "Jim" Ventura

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Obituary

JAMES A. VENTURA
July 12, 1927 ~ February 14, 2011
"May you rest in peace, Jim.
You are loved and will be sorely missed."

James A. Ventura, 83, of Vancouver, WA, passed away peacefully on the evening of Feb 14, 2011. He was born in Portland, OR and completed his primary education in Portland, graduating from Grant High School.
Jim attended the University of Oregon and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Maritime School and later served in the Army (U.S. occupation of Japan in WWII) and did a tour of Korea for 15 months during the Korean War.
He worked as a Medical Sales Consultant for Penwalt Prescription Products for many years.
Jim was a devout family man who always put others' concerns before his own. He was a man of great integrity and deeply admired by all who knew him. Jim had a great sense of humor, still making us laugh to the very end.
His family could not have asked for a better
husband, father and grandfather.
Jim was an avid sailor as you would often see him tacking and jibing in his little red boat under sail on the Columbia River. He was titled the Unknown Sailor; his picture was published in a local newspaper a few times through the years. Armed with his favorite pool cue, Jim loved a good challenge on the pool table. Singing and playing his prized ukulele was a favorite pastime, even playing in a band during his many vacations to Hawaii with the love of his life, Tannis.
Jim was a loving husband to Tannis for 40 years; a father to Cameron (Linda) Ventura and Dana Ventura; and the step-father to Darci Richards, Tracy (Lynda) Wilson and Randal (Machele) Wilson. Jim had seven grand-children, Brianne Johnson, Arin Richards, Krystal Scott, Lacey Richards, Nicholas Wilson, Cerisse Wilson and Kelsey Wilson; and two great-grandchildren.
A private interment at Willamette National Cemetery has been held. A Celebration of Life will be held at Fairway Village Clubhouse, 15509 SE Fernwood Dr., Vancouver, WA, on Sat., March 12 at 12:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to Southwest Foundation, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668 in memory of James Ventura in support of Heart and Vascular research.
Please sign Jim's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 6, 2011
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