James "Jim" Richard Spiering
James "Jim" Richard Spiering, 74, a resident of the Greenville area passed away on October 15, 2020 at Emmanuel Hospital.
Jim was born on May 21, 1946, in Forest Grove. He was the second oldest of seven children born to Robert "Bob" and Rosie (Landauer) Spiering.
Jim was raised on the family farm in Roy and attended St Francis of Assisi Grade School. He graduated in 1964 from Banks High School. He then attended Oregon State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering. He was active in the Oregon National Guard along with his brother Francis “Frank” Spiering.
After he graduated college Jim went to work in the high-tech industry. He then started farming with his father. Jim also was an owner/operator of a custom spray application business that he ran for over twenty years retiring in 2001.
While farming and running his business, Jim met his future wife, Linda VanGrunsven, at her work. They dated for five years and married on June 22, 1984, at St Francis Catholic Church in Roy. They made their home on the family farm.
Jim loved working outside and being in nature. He was an avid hang-glider, enjoyed hunting, cycling and hiking. He always had a dog, liked to chop wood to keep in shape, and was always active around the farm. He also volunteered at his church and was a driver for Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity in Forest Grove.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Frank.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Linda, five siblings and their spouses; Vernon and Tina Spiering of Roy, Roger and Alicia Spiering of North Plains, Susan and Mike Schmidlin of Vernonia, Maria and Christopher Locatell of Portland, Marvin and Angie Spiering of Banks, also sister-in-law Linda Spiering (Frank’s wife) of Banks. He is loved by many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. He was godfather to Jeremy Spiering, Marilyn Schmidlin, Karen Soto, Doug Vandecoevering, and Carol Jansen.
Although the celebration of Jim’s life is extremely important, the safety of family, friends, and all who were touched by Jim’s extraordinary spirit is just as important. Because of global conditions, we will have to gather at a later time.
Interment held October 24, 2020 at Visitation Cemetery