Jim passed away on January 20, 2014, in Roseburg, Oregon. He was born in Decatur, Indiana, on September 8, 1928.
Jim earned a Master’s degree in Applied Science from Montana State College at Bozeman and taught all levels of mathematics. He was one of the first full time staff hired by Umpqua Community College in 1966, teaching mathematics at UCC for 28 years.
He taught in the high schools in Polson and Whitefish, Montana and Klamath Falls, Oregon. He coached the Four-way high school ski team (Cross-country, Downhill, Ski Jumping, Slalom) in Whitefish, Montana.
In 1964 he was awarded a Shell Merit Fellowship at Stanford University to study higher mathematics. Jim appreciated deeply the beauty and elegance of mathematics. In his retirement he authored a book titled “Dr. Vectra and Friends.” The book presents math problems and mathematical concepts in a workbook format.
Jim was a Korean War veteran. The Roseburg-Shobu Sister City exchange program gave him an opportunity to return to the Orient for a much loved visit.
He was a long time active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg, serving on committees and as a Deacon.
Jim was an Eagle Scout and volunteered and supported the Boy Scouts throughout his life.
Outdoor activity was one of Jim’s many passions. Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Fly Fishing, and Tennis were lifelong activities. He was fortunate to grow up in Western Montana with its beautiful mountains, rivers, and lakes. He started a running program at age 50 and participated in many fun runs. In his later years he switched to walking and recently used a “Fit Bit” to track his progress on the computer.
He was preceded in death by parents, Joe and Mary Fuhrman Livers and brother, Carlos Livers.
Jim is survived by Marian Edna Vorlicek Livers, his wife of 58 years and three children and their families: Charles Livers and Joan Stassel, and their daughter, Lauren of Anchorage, Alaska; Nancy and Artik Berdimurat and their daughter, Melissa Richardson and son, Karl of Kalispell, Montana; and Peter Livers and Karen Finnegan of Medford, Oregon; brother-in-law, John Vorlicek of Cornelius, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Elaine Livers, Bozeman, Montana; nieces: Linda Monson, Bozeman Montana; Elizabeth Vorlicek, Alexandria, Viginia; Kate Matoy, Atlanta, Georgia; Susan Sailor, Bozeman, Montana; nephews: Tom Livers, Helena, Montana; Paul Vorlicek, Philadelphia; Pennsylvania; Adam Vorlicek, Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania.
Jim was a gentle, patient and kind man, loved by his family and respected by his friends. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 823 SE Lane Ave, Roseburg, Oregon on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund for student scholarships.