Age 89, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. He was born on November 11, 1924, in Mt. Angel, Oregon, to Elsie and Bruce Spackman. James was the oldest of five children. He attended elementary school, junior, and senior high school in the Roseburg area. After high school, Jim entered the US Navy, serving in WWII and Korea as a Fire control man First Class. Jim remained very proud of his service on the USS Gleaves throughout his life.
Jim married Betty Musgrove on May 8, 1954. They initially lived in Sutherlin and later built two homes near the North Umpqua River, the first in Winchester and the second in Garden Valley. Jim and Betty raised their four children in the Roseburg area before moving to Springfield in 2000. Jim and Betty enjoyed many USS Gleaves reunions and family activities including vacations together on cruises and at interesting resorts. Jim loved taking pictures of family activities and trips and of the beautiful flowers he enjoyed growing.
After his years in the Navy, Jim enrolled at Oregon State University, graduating with a degree in business and a minor in forestry. His first job after college was as purchasing agent at Martin Box Co. in Oakland. Jim was self-employed in the Roseburg area most of the remainder of his working life. His first business was a small logging operation called Jim and Gene Logging Co. Later, he entered the concrete business, founding Jimelcrete Concrete with Mel Gregory in the early 70s. After several years that business was moved and renamed Roseburg Ready Mix. His last business was Rainbow Mobile Home Transport Co.
Jim accomplished many do-it-yourself projects including building a boat, restoring a Model T and an antique horse buggy. In his young adult years, he built two houses with very little help. Other activities included long time membership in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he and Betty served in many capacities. He also belonged to Elks and Lions Clubs in Roseburg. After moving to Springfield, Jim attended St Alice Catholic Church.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 2011. He is survived by his sons: Robert “Bob”, David, and Jeff Spackman; daughter, Teresa Brown; sisters: Terry Spenst and Rosemary Spires; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held in his honor at Providence Elderplace in Gresham on January 20, 2013. A family only military memorial service will also be held in his honor at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.