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James Quentin Davis

July 2, 1924 - January 2, 2016

U.S. Veteran

Viewing will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lebanon. Final Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in Sweet Home.

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James Quentin Davis, 91, of Lebanon, Oregon passed away at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home in Lebanon Saturday. He was born in The Dalles to Daniel Quentin and Lottie (Gattiker) Davis. He was the oldest of three children. His sisters were Helen Ruth Davis Rentz and Charlotte Mary Davis Barrow.

Jim started working as a child, cutting asparagus and picking fruit. After the family moved to Portland, Oregon, he delivered newspapers for the Oregonian. He left school at age 14 to work. This included the Buttermilk Corner where you could get all the buttermilk you would drink for 5 cents.

He entered the army in March 1943. They tried to make him a cook, but he ended up playing cornet in the band in Pittsburg, California. When the army could not bring him up to minimum weight, he was discharged in September 1943. After his military service, Jim worked at a Kaiser shipyard in Portland building T-2 tankers.

Jim married Juanita Frances Weidman September 4, 1948 in Vernonia, Oregon.

Following WWII, Jim went to work for the Oregon American Lumber Company saw mill in Vernonia, Oregon. After the mill closed in 1957, he worked in several sawmills in Sweet Home, Oakridge, Toledo, and Foster. He retired from the Willamette Industries sawmill in Sweet Home at age 62.

After Juanita suffered a stroke in 1990, Jim became her caregiver for the next 15 years. He only stopped when he had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery.

He enjoyed family visits, reading, light classical music, trains, ships, guns, and studying military history. He collected model ships, steam era electric trains, lead soldiers, and beer steins.

Jim was a member of the Pioneer Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by sons Daniel Paul, James Alton, Donald Allen; daughter Pamela Mae (Lacy); 26 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, on March 23, 2008.

Viewing will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lebanon. Final Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.