The Curry Coastal Pilot

James Albert "Jim" Bley

Jan. 11, 1923 andndash; Sept. 23, 2013

Former longtime Happy Camp resident James Albert Bley, 90, of Brookings, died Sept. 23, 2013, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Jim was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Burbank, Calif., to Paul and Enid Bley.

Jim married Geraldine Bostian in 1953 and the couple had five children: John Bley (Carol), Robert Bley (Rosie), Erin Bley, Rick Bley and Elaine Johnson (Danny). He also had two stepchildren: Johnny Dunaway (Mary) and Doris Villarreal (Joe).

For more than 50 years, Jim worked as a log scaler, timber cruiser and forest manager in the forests of "the great State of Jefferson" as he often fondly called the Northern California/Southern Oregon area. He worked in places such as Westwood, Salyer, Burnt Ranch, Forks of Salmon, and Happy Camp throughout his long and adventurous career.

Jim moved to Happy Camp in 1958.

Some years later in 1982, he relocated to Brookings, where he met the love of his life Evelyn Brown. The two had many joyous years together until Evie's death in 2011. Jim lived a full life.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Florence and Isabella; his wife Geraldine; brother Kenneth; daughter Erin; Evelyn Brown, his companion of 30 years; and grandson Jacob Roberts.

Jim had a passion for playing chess and was a self-described Chess-Nut. He was a Mason and Shriner and was a three-time past master of the Chetco Shrine Club. A philosopher at heart, Jim enjoyed engaging discussions about religion and science. He was always jovial to be around and he was a kind and generous soul to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Jim is survived by his four children and two stepchildren: John, Bob, Rick and Elaine, and Johnny and Doris; his sister-in-law Marjori; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

At Jim's request, there will be no service. Also at his request, in lieu of flowers the family would like remembrances be made to Jim's favorite charity - The Shriners Hospital, C/O Chetco Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1328, Brookings, OR 97415.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.