James R. Northrup passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 86, surrounded by many family members. He suffered complications from a fall at home and died at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was born on Jan. 19, 1927 in Colville, the second child of Rod and Mabel (Wetzel) Northrup.
He was raised on a ranch on Highland Loop Road between Kettle Falls and Colville and learned the value of hard work. He was proud of the fact that his great-grandfather homesteaded in Northrup Canyon near Steamboat Rock in Grand Coulee.
Jim graduated from Colville high school in 1945.
He was drafted into the Army and served as a M.P and Medic.
During his stint with the Army, he served a portion of his time in Puerto Rico.
He retired in the Army Reserves (Spokane) as a Major.
He attended Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington College of EduÂ¬caton.
He married Marilyn McRayde on Nov. 22, 1950 in Yakima. He married Jayne L. (Skold) Evans on June 1, 1968 in MinneaÂ¬poÂ¬lis, MN.
He served as a EMT and an Adult Probation and Parole officer in Spokane County.
He was anAdult Probation and Parole Officer for Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties and retired in 1988 in Colville.
He was highly respected by law enforcement officers and proudly served alongside them for 36 years.
James is survived by his sister, Ruth (Marvin) Ray, Colville; and by his brother, Norman (Beryl), Lacey; his children, Pam Evans, Spokane; Candace (Gil) Acevedo, Spokane; Kathi (Ken) Harvey, Everett; and Randy (Dawn) Northrup, GraÂ¬ham; his stepchildren, Dennis (Vicki) Evans, Plains, MonÂ¬tana; Linda Evans, Colville; Lisa (Tim) Austin, Evans; Diane (James) Clark, Merritt, B.C.; 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rod and Mabel; by his oldest brother, Rodney; by his stepson, Steve Evans; his adopted son, Eric Blake, and most recently by his second wife, Jayne L. Northrup.
Jim was an involved member of the Colville Community Church, Good Samâ€™s Club, VFW, Rotary, NRA, and Knights of Pythias.
In his spare time, Jim enjoyed spending time with family--camping, fishing, hunting and traveling around the United States in his motor home. He is legendary for his love of building large campfires on many camping/hunting trips. Jim was always fixing things with duct tape, baling wire, bent nails and bungee cords.
He was dearly loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed!
Funeral service for Jim Northrup will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Colville Community (United Methodist) Church at 930 S. Elm. The service will start at 1 p.m.
In lieu of cut flowers, the family requests live plants or a donation to Wounded Warriors (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/) in Jim's name.