“Jim” James Edward Knapton, 80 of Stites, Idaho passed away Monday November 14, 2016 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.
Jim was born July 28, 1936 in Pittsville, Wisconsin to Keith and Ruth (Phillips) Knapton.
While still a young boy his father decided to “sell the farm” literally in a big auction and move to Pierce, Idaho. Jim grew up in the mountains around Pierce but wanted to explore the world, so the best way to do that was to join the service of this Great Nation. In 1955 he joined the US Navy and started a career.
On November 5, 1957 he married the love of his life Rose Mary Stewart at the Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Being a military family they were able to see most of the United States together. He was stationed at Charleston, SC., Key West, Fl., San Diego, Cal., Kodiak, Al., Washington D.C., and Maryland, VA. to name a few.
They were in Virginia Beach, Virginia when Jim retired in February of 1974 and he said they were moving to Idaho. It took two days to sell the house and he took his family to the place he loved most, the Mountains of Idaho. They settled in Grangemont outside of Orofino. Jim worked at the local lumber mills until he retired from Potlatch in Pierce. Rose and Jim eventually wanted to get out of the snow of Grangemont, so they settled in Stites.
Jim loved spending time with his family and friends. Fishing, hunting and camping were a few things he enjoyed. He also liked to read a good book, learn and discuss history, and reload ammunition. He loved serving his country and was a proud member of VFW Post 5407.
He was preceded in death by his parents Keith and Ruth Knapton, his wife of 57 years Rose Knapton, a son Dwayne Knapton, and infant daughter Clydina Knapton.
Jim is survived by his son Willis Knapton of Lewiston, Idaho; a daughter Marlys (George) Moore of Stites, Idaho; granddaughter Xan Knapton of Kamiah, grandson Chris Moore of Stites, Idaho; grandson Robert Williams (Latisha) of Grand Island, NE.; great granddaughter Isabelle Rose Williams of Grand Island, Ne.; and great granddaughter Haylee Rae Knapton Davis of Kamiah. Idaho.
Memorial Service with Military Honors was at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5407 Hall in Kamiah, Idaho. Inurnment will be at the Pierce Cemetery at a later date. Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho assisted the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at trenaryfuneralhome.com