Obituary: James Levi Thorne | Obituary
February 3, 1938 – July 16, 2021
James (Jim) Thorne passed away at Providence St. Mary’s Hospital on July 16, 2021.
Jim was born on February 3, 1938 in Pendleton, Oregon, to Blanche (Emory) and FJ (Dutch) Thorne. He was the youngest of four children. He attended Pendleton schools and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1956. Jim played basketball and track and field. His track event was the pole vault, taking the state’s top spot as a senior. He and his brothers and cousins played on the Thorne Family town basketball team, winning the town championship in 1964.
The day after graduation, Jim went to work in the sheet metal trade, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. He started out as an apprentice and eventually worked as a foreman for various companies. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 55. He was very proud of his union membership and the buildings he and his companies built.
Jim was a life member of BPOE and the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers. On January 7, 2013, the Wagon Wheelers awarded him the title of Honorary Life Member in recognition of his many years of dedication, support and service to the club. He has also supported and volunteered for the Tri-State Steelheaders. Jim liked to attend various banquets to support the wildlife chapters, such as Rocky Mountain Elk.
Jim loved being in the mountains, whether as a deer and elk hunter, in the family cabin he and his brothers built, snowmobiling and later driving four-wheelers. Traveling was an adventure for Jim, be it England, Ireland, a 14 day cruise to Panama and Alaska, as he was ready to discover new places and meet new people.
Jim was very proud of his heritage. His highlight of this legacy was when he and his daughter Corrie traveled with other family members to Flushing, New York, to attend the 350th anniversary celebration of the Remonstrance of Flushing 1657-2007. This religious freedom document was commemorated by the descendants of the signatory William Thorne.
In 1963 Jim met Linda Rose on a blind date initiated by his sister-in-law. Within eight days, they became engaged and married four weeks later, on August 31, 1963, at First Presbyterian Church in Pendleton. The hunting season was starting for Jim and Linda had to go back to college. This year would have been their 58th birthday.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brother Richard (Bud) and his sister Alverda. He is survived by his wife, Linda Thorne; his son F. Scott Thorne; daughter Corrie Thorne Hadley (Chet); grandchildren Nicholas and Taylor Thorne; great-granddaughter Lily; brother John (Kay) of Pilot Rock, Oregon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will miss his friends too.
Visitations will be held Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 Alder, Walla Walla. The funeral will be on Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the College Place Presbyterian Church, 325 Damson. There will be a reception at the church after the service. Interment will be in Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, Oregon, at 2 p.m.