James Jim Emmerett Milner, 75, Brookings, died Jan. 10, 2002, at home in Brookings of lung cancer.

He was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Los Angeles.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II with the 188th Airborne Division. He was stationed in Japan in 1946.

He married Joyce Blackmer Oct. 6, 1949, in Inglewood, Calif.

For more than 22 years he owned and operated charter boats for scuba divers and sports fishermen, operating out of Long Beach and San Pedro, Calif.

He moved to Brookings in 1980 and owned several commercial fishing boats, the last being the Christy Belle.

He and his wife were sales representatives to the gift industry for 11 years and traveled throughout the United States. They owned and operated a manufacturing business until the time of his illness.

He enjoyed being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years of Brookings; daughter, Teri Larsson and son-in-law, Brian of Brookings; daughter, Jeri Spittler and son-in-law, Anthony of Clearlake, Calif.; and sister, Gloria Banks of Simi Valley, Calif. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Church of the Nazarene in Brookings. Following the service, family and friends are invited to his home for a special time together.

Because of his love for the ocean his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 1301 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531 or Curry County Hospice, P.O. Box 6042, Brookings, OR 97415.