James “Jim” Jesse Vandervort, 93, a longtime Neilton, Washington area resident, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014. He was born of James and Mary (Brown) Vandervort in Oakville, Washington on April 18, 1920. His father was a logger and they moved around to follow the work, living in Deep Creek near Adna, Carlisle and Aberdeen but spent most of his early years at Oakville.
Jim received a football scholarship after graduation from Oakville High School and attended Pacific Lutheran College for one year but finances were strained during the Depression so he went to work in the logging industry. He had his first job at 16 with Duffy Bros. Logging and worked for quite a number of early Grays Harbor timber companies, such as Schaefers, NorthWest, Bordeaux Bros and Polsons. He worked in Alaska, in logging and fishing industries. This was interrupted by WWII when he joined the Navy, serving four years in the Pacific. He was honorably discharged at the end so the war and went back to work in the woods.
James was married to Jean Ellen Griswold in 1947, and raised a family, settling at the family home in Neilton in 1960. Jim retired from Tobin and Camas Logging Co. in 1976.
Jim was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, trapping and working with bee bees. The standard directions to his house always included “the house with bee hives in the front yard”.
His wife passed before him; as well as two brothers, Bill Vandervort and Dick Vandervort; and a sister, Vivian (Vandervort) Berg.
Jim is survived by his son, Bruce Vandervort of the family home in Neilton; two daughters, Linda (Vandervort) Palmer of Bellingham and Ellen (Vandervort) Walker of Seattle; four grandchildren, Gregory Palmer, Mathew Palmer, Shelby Walker and Gavin Walker; and other relatives.
The family requests donations be sent to the Lake Quinault Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 23, Amanda, Park, WA 98526.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at the Oakville Cemetery, 86 Cemetery Road in Oakville, Washington. A time of fellowship for family and friends will follow.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 - 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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