James Weitzel

James Edward Weitzel

Monday, November 30th, 1931 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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James E. (Jim) Weitzel, longtime Grant County, Washington resident and businessman, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

He was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1931, the son of August and Francis M. Weitzel.
In 1932, the family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin during the great depression and he attended St. Thomas Aquinas grade school.

The family moved to Oklahoma City for a short time. And then in 1946 moved to Peoria, Illinois and Jim joined the Illinois Air National Guard in 1947, and served during the Korean Conflict.

On April 21, 1951 Jim married the love of his life, Dorothy May Williams, in Peoria, and in 1956, they moved to Reno, Nevada, where he worked for the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and was commissioned in the Nevada ANG.

In 1957, he became an engineering writer with Gilfillan Brothers and then Hughes Aircraft Company where he entered management, all while serving in the California ANG, rising to the rank of Captain.

They moved to Seattle, Washington in 1965, where he was with the Boeing Company until 1971 when they bought a farm in George, Washington. The Weitzel’s enjoyed raising their five sons and one daughter on the farm.
Jim was licensed as a real estate agent in 1971, and became a broker in 1982. From 1983 until 1987, he served as a Grant County Commissioner, and in 1987, started a real estate office of his own. He was Chairman of the Grant County Noxious Weed Board, Grant County Commissioner, president of the Hay Association, Ephrata Rotary, Ephrata Chamber of Commerce, member of the Art Semro American Legion Post 28 in Ephrata, and many Republican and civic organizations in Grant and King counties.

Jim was a Honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight, Past District Deputy, Past Faithful Navigator and a member of the Honor Guard.

Jim, Dorothy and their family were active in Knights of Columbus, church, and community activities.
Jim stayed active in the real estate business for about 42+ years, serving in the local Realtors Association, teaching real estate classes at Big Bend Community College, and the Gary Mann Real Estate School in Ephrata. He enjoyed teaching and training new agents – Jim loved the business and worked until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy M Weitzel; son Paul S. Weitzel; his parents; and brother Lawrence (Joan) Weitzel.

Jim is survived by his children – James A. (Vicki) Weitzel of Ephrata, Wash.; Randolph M. Weitzel (Pam) of Ephrata, Wash.; Michael K. (Angie) Weitzel of Richland, Wash., Rebecca S. (John) Schoultz of Spokane, Wash., Brian D. (Wendy) Weitzel of Spokane, Wash.; many grandchildren; and great grandchildren.

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  • Private Family Graveside Service

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
    Ephrata City Cemetery
    333 E Street SW
    EPHRATA, WA 98823
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    Services will be live streamed on Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel Facebook page. The link is: Streaming will start approximately 5 minutes prior to service.


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Michael K Weitzel

Posted at 09:22pm
We love you, Dear old Dad, and will greatly miss you. You will be forever in our hearts. We enjoyed playing Pinochle with you and Mom, and your reminiscing about earlier days and the adventures you had, and politics. You and Mom taught me to work hard. We knew you as a happy guy, who loved people, and you helped and served others all of your life. For the last 50 years, in the Columbia Basin. I remember you helping other farmers in need during harvest to get their crops in, and sticking with them until completed, even though the conditions were tough. I remember you, as a Real Estate Broker, your giving up hard-earned real estate commissions, so that a farmer who was losing a farm had some money to salvage something out of his life's work. There were also times when you loaned people money with no interest, and 'pay it back when you can', helping them to follow their dreams, and succeed they did! I remember you, as a County Commissioner, fighting against the hazardous waste site that because of the bad location, threatened contaminating the river. That opposition cost you dearly in your health, and financially. But, you did what was right, and what was in the best interest of the citizens of Grant County.
You deserve to be honored, and Mom did as well when she passed on last December (pre-Covid), and you now, during Covid restrictions. So many people who knew and loved you two were not provided and opportunity to properly grieve, and say goodbye.
Know that you live on in their hearts. This includes my wife Angie and I, who due to scheduling conflicts because of my recent emergency open heart surgery, and Covid Restrictions, will preclude us from attending the limited outdoor graveside service.
We know that as the sun has set on your life, you are now experiencing a brighter day in Heaven, with our Wonderful God and Savior, as well as Mom, Paul, and so many other people who touched your life. We look forward to joining you someday.
Mike and Angelina Weitzel

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