James (Jim) Nannery | Obituary

James (Jim) Nannery | Obituary

In the company of his

family, James (Jim) Nannery

died peacefully in his home

on June 29, 2020. He was 70.

Jim was born in San

Pedro, California to parents

Bill and Alma (Peters)

Nannery. After moving with

his family to Washington, he

became the youngest person

in the state (at age 13) to

achieve the rank of Eagle

Scout. He graduated from Kent

Meridian Highschool, then served four years

with the US Navy, during which time he met

Kathy. They were married immediately upon

his discharge in 1972, and would go on to

spend 48 wonderful years together. After

they tied the knot, Jim attended University

of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, then served

as the PR director for Conemaugh Valley

Hospital before following his heart back

to Washington in 1978. Jim was successful

in a variety of jobs throughout his life, the

diversity of which highlighted his wide

range of skills and abilities. He may have

been most proud of being the owner and

force behind his online businesses, which he

started in 1995, and from which he retired

in 2017.

Jim was involved in Boy Scout troop

401 and the Auburn’s Youth Diversion

program. He enjoyed membership in the

Kiwanis clubs of Auburn and

Black Diamond/Maple Valley,

as well as Kiwanis’ Division

32 leadership, taking active

roles in each. Jim has been

a photographer, manager,

and mechanic; electrician,

woodsman and webmaster.

He was a poet and philosopher,

a music lover and leader.

His open heart and smile

were known throughout the

community, and the impression he made

will be felt for years to come.

Jim is survived by his wife Kathy; his

brothers and their wives Jack and Carolyn

(Taynor) Nannery of Kingston, WA, and

Wayne and Vera (Slany) Lebsack of Rancho

Palos Verdes, CA; his children Jake and

Kristen (Jensen) Nannery of Edmonds, WA;

and Kyla and Jason Galbraith of Beaverton,

OR; three grandchildren, and many nieces

and nephews. He was preceded in death by

his parents and step-sister Marsha Meadows.

A private memorial service will be

held and streamed at 11am on July 25

at Redeemer Lutheran in Fircrest, WA

(https://www.redeemerlc.org/) with an

open reception to follow at a safer date. In

lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kiwanis

Children’s Fund which can be found online

at www.kiwanis.org/give.


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