James Woodruff Large


Lifelong Grays Harbor resident James Woodruff Large passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, October 18, 2013, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. Jim was born September 23, 1914, in Hoquiam, Washington, to John and Ruth (White) Large. He was 99.

Jim was raised in Hoquiam and graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1932. Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a gunman and radio operator; he was a proud World War II veteran.

In 1941, Jim married Sylvia Rautio and she passed away in 1985. In 1986, he married Mary Novocelich Lair in Reno, Nevada. She survives him at Channel Point Village.

Jim worked as an acid maker and Safety Director for Rayonier Inc. for 44 years; retiring in 1979. During the 1980s he taught Work Methods and Ethics at Grays Harbor College. He had served as shop steward of Rayonier Employee’s Union and was a member of Trout Unlimited, the V.F.W. and Elks.

Jim was a lifetime fisherman; he enjoyed dancing and was a repairer of all things broken and also a wonderful teacher to his family and friends. In addition to his wife Mary; he is also survived by his daughter, Patricia Kugen of Aberdeen; sister, Ethelmae Begrin of Hoquiam; three grandchildren, Shawn Murray, Sarah Wilson and Christopher Mattoon; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Joe Wilson.

Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25th in the chapel at Harrison Family Mortuary, 311 W. Market St. with an 11:00 a.m. graveside service on Saturday, October 26th at Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen. Memorials are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission.

To sign the online book of memories or to light a virtual memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com