James J. Parent

03/24/1924 — 04/26/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Baker, Montana

James J. Parent

James J. Parent, Sr., 83, passed away April 26, 2007, surrounded by his family. He was born in Baker, Montana on March 24, 1924 to Louis and Auxilia Parent. The family homesteaded in eastern Montana and then relocated to Springdale, Washington where he graduated from high school in 1943. James was drafted into the Army Air Corps and served as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. He married Lillian Skinner in 1949. James and Lillian raised their five children in Otis Orchards and Benton City, Washington. He traveled working construction, as a carpenter and millwright. He was a member of the Washington Idaho Carpenter’s Union Local #1699. He worked on building power turbines for numerous dams in the Pacific Northwest, the Alaska Pipeline and on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

James was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors. He was also a loyal Kiona Benton Bears fan. James was a special father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a kind and loving person.

He traveled making several religious pilgrimages including three trips to Medjugorje in Bosnia, one trip to Betania in Venezuela and numerous trips to Our Lord and Our Lady in Scottsdale, Arizona. James was awarded a special apostolic blessing from Pope John Paul II in 1997.

James was one of eleven children, of which, he is survived by Sister Annette Parent, SP, Sister Jeannette Parent, SP, and Beatrice Siring. His siblings Aurora, Onesime, Alec, Alice, Blanche, Albert, George and Rosie preceded him in death. His wife Lillian, father Louis Parent, mother Auxilia Parent, and granddaughter Chantelle Parent also preceded James in death.

James leaves behind sons James Parent, Jr., Charles Parent TyAnn, Michael Parent Martha; daughters, Terri Engelhart Vic and Renee Parent; grandchildren, Trista Brannen, Tamiryn Anders, Donovan Parent, Micaela Parent, Michelle Swaney, Nicole DeRousie, Robbie Engelhart, Bill Marazzo, Michael Marazzo, Christopher Whitt, Shelby Parent, Lucas Parent, Megan Parent and Adrianna Parent; great-grand children Alexander, Braden and Conner Swaney, Luke DeRousie and Billy Marazzo.

Viewing will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Einan’s Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited Monday, April 30, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Benton City preceded by viewing from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. In celebration of James life, there will be a funeral mass held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at St Frances Cabrini Church in Benton City with viewing available from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Graveside services, with Military honors will be held following the funeral mass at Evergreen Cemetery in Benton City.

To the kind caretakers at the Guardian Angel, thank you. If you would like to, please express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at www.einansfuneralhome.com.

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  • We all have fond memories of Uncle James. Here is one for the cousins. During one of the infamous summer family reunions at Grandpa Louis’s house, a herd of us kids ages 5-10 came galloping through Grandpa’s living room. James was always teasing us in one way or another. He made us all line up on the couch and promised us each a nickel if we could sit still for one minute. I am still waiting for my nickel, how about the rest of you?

    It was evident that James was devoted to and loved his family very much. I am thankful that he was there for both my Mom and Dad when they were sick.

    I think that James’s family should be recognized for taking such good care of him during his illness, especially Teri and Vic who were there constantly for him.

    None of us will ever forget him.

    Loretta Parent Kracher
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • I have the fondest memories of my dear Uncle James, he gave me the roughest wisker rubs ever on my face. So I had to stay out of his way when I was a little girl. He was always my favorite uncle, he teased me and he was always there when I was growing up.

    Thank you to the family for taking care of our dear uncle James. We will miss him greatly.

    Evette Parent Franklin
    November 4, 2014
    Jacksonsonvile, FL, US
  • We all have fond memories of Uncle James. Here is one for the cousins. During one of the infamous summer family reunions at Grandpa Louis’s house, a herd of us kids ages 5-10 came galloping through Grandpa’s living room. James was always teasing us in one way or another. He made us all line up on the couch and promised us each a nickel if we could sit still for one minute. I am still waiting for my nickel, how about the rest of you?

    It was evident that James was devoted to and loved his family very much. I am thankful that he was there for both my Mom and Dad when they were sick.

    I think that James’s family should be recognized for taking such good care of him during his illness, especially Teri and Vic who were there constantly for him.

    None of us will ever forget him.

    Loretta Parent Kracher
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • I have the fondest memories of my dear Uncle James, he gave me the roughest wisker rubs ever on my face. So I had to stay out of his way when I was a little girl. He was always my favorite uncle, he teased me and he was always there when I was growing up.

    Thank you to the family for taking care of our dear uncle James. We will miss him greatly.

    Evette Parent Franklin
    November 4, 2014
    Jacksonsonvile, FL, US
  • I am so sorry! What a great man. I will also miss him very much. He always had a smile for everyone.I can remember him yelling “go bears” at the high school games for his grand kids and everyone else. Everyone of his children, grandkids, and great grand kids were very special to him. If I can do anything for anyone of you please let me know. Love you all.

    Teresa
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City,, WA, US
  • We will miss James. He was a wonderful, positive support for our mother Blanche and our family and we have many fond memories of our time together. He was part of the great family and will be remembered always!

    Gary Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Sacramento, CA, US
  • TO ALL THE FAMILY, WE’LL ALL WILL MISS UNCLE JAMES. I GUESS THE SOME OF THE MEMORIES THAT I WILL CHARISH ARE THE HUNTING STORIES THAT MY DAD AND HIM ALWAYS HAD, I THINK IT WAS JUST TIME AWAY FROM THE HOUSE AND A LITTLE SNORT OR TWO. AND ALSO THE FAMILY REUNIONS, WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM GIV’IN ME HECK.

    Tom Parent
    November 4, 2014
    camarillo, CA, US
  • I enjoyed hearing about James’ “spiritual” trips.

    He was a kind and caring man and I will miss him.

    I know mom Rosie and all his family that have passed on…were waiting with open arms at the gates of Heaven.

    Dave Hughes
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, Valley, WA, US
  • To Uncle James and family,

    A caring and loving Uncle and brother. When mom was sick nothing could stop him from coming and seeing her. I am so thankful that he was there. Thank you. Lots of fond memories at Grandpa’s little house. Lots of smoke, too.I am sure you all know what I mean!

    Marlene Stookey
    November 4, 2014
    Otis, Orchards, WA, US
  • It was with great sorrow as I opened the newspaper on Tuesday at lunch and read that my friend Jim had passed away.I knew in my heart he was getting close to going to his real home.As you all know Jim was very special to me,he is one of the main reasons I found our church again and learned that I have a heavenly mother who loves all of us very much.My love & prayers go out to all of you.Thank you Jim for all you did for me,I will miss you.Lyle

    Lyle Laughery
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US