James Casimir ChristianMarch 7, 1927 ~ January 18, 2017 (age 89)
James Casimir Christian, 89, passed away on January 18, 2017 in Portland OR. He was born on March 7th 1927 in Portland and lived there his entire life.
He is survived by his three sons, Jim, Jeff and John and his six grandchildren.
James Christian grew up during the Great Depression and he and his older brother Matt had a very difficult childhood. Circumstances led to the young brothers being raised in a series of foster homes and orphanages and finally ending up living on a working farm owned by “Grandma Breitenstein” – a very strict but loving woman that both James and his brother Matt credited with saving their lives and setting them straight. After living many years on the farm, James was accepted into Benson Polytechnic High School – what was known as a “magnet school” – the most elite high school in the Portland public school system. James was a top student in science and math and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA through all four years. From high school he went immediately into the Army and served in World War II. After returning from the war James married his lifelong love Jeannine and soon after the birth of his first son Jimmy, he was recalled into Army service to be a radio truck operator on the front lines of the Korean War. After returning from his second war, James settled into a career as a salesman and had two more sons with Jeannine. His career was never his true passion - he was a scientist, engineer and inventor in his heart and mind. Over the many years, his creative ideas, inventions and contraptions were fun and amazing things to behold and he “always made life interesting” in the words of his beloved Wife Jeannine.
James Christian will be greatly missed by his family and friends and the world has lost another of what is truly its Greatest Generation.