Jimmie Allen Salmela, age 71, of Oregon, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at Avamere Nursing Home in Lebanon, OR.
He was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Cokato, the fourth child born to Richard and Fannie Salmela.
Jim was raised in Cokato, attended school there, and follow school, enlisted into the Army, serving two years.
Following his service in the Army, Jim was married twice, and blessed with three children, prior to re-enlisting in the Army. He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam in artillery.
Following his discharge, Jimmie spent most of his adult life on the west coast. He was an independent soul, loving the outdoors, camping in the mountains, fishing, hunting, and trapping in the winter.
The last 20 years, he worked at a mink ranch in Lebanon, OR. He loved his job, and hated to take a day off.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; his father, Richard; his mother, Fannie; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Quale.
He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Zurek Boettcher, and Sherri (Jeff) Giese; a son, Scott Salmela; two granddaughters, Kara and Kayla Salmela; two sisters, Margaret “Muggs” (Leonard) Kieser, and Verna Quale; two brothers, Clifford (Bertha) Salmela, and Clarence “Kelly” (Gloriann Bastin) Salmela; several nieces and nephews; and his very good friends, Richard and Jeanette Slack of Lebanon, OR.
Private services and inurnment at a later date at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.