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James Nelson Standerfer, February 5, 1931 — April 9, 2021

James Nelson Standerfer passed away April 9 in Eugene. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; his brother Rene (Kettle Falls, Washington), his four children: Dan (Joan) of Clarkston, Washington, Laura (Erric) Jones of Tigard, Andy (Natalie) of Springfield, and Tim (Elyse) of Reno, Nevada; as well as 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Jim was born February 5, 1931, to Arch and Ethel Standerfer in East Wenatchee, WA and he attended Wenatchee High School and the University of Washington. He married Barbara V. Lee on September 4, 1953, and settled in Waterville, Washington, where they raised their family until they moved to Quincy, Washington, in 1965.

He went to work for Brown & Kelly which later became Lamb Weston. Jim accepted a promotion in 1972, and they moved to Tigard. He was later promoted to Vice President of Human Resources. Jim and Barbara lived in Lake Oswego for several years until his retirement from Lamb Weston in 1988.

Following retirement Jim and Barb moved to Sisters, where they had built their dream log home. This home has become a place of many happy family memories for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jim and Barb took many trips with friends during the early part of his retirement.

Jim was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and he loved to sing with the Saturday night group at church. He was part of a barbershop group for years when they lived in Las Vegas and Sisters, and they performed several times a year. He also loved to whistle. One of his favorite pastimes was reading! He kept a well-stocked library and loved to read with his beloved dogs at his side.

The funeral service will be held in Sisters at St. Edwards the Martyr Catholic Church on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. Interment will be held afterwards at the St. Winefride’s Garden.


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