November 27, 1926 - January 29, 2017
James "Jim" Morehead, 90. of Grants Pass, Oregon passed away January 29, 2017 at Oak Lane Retirement Home. He was born in Easonville, Indiana in 1926 and as a child moved with his family to the west coast. Growing up in Compton, California,he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. Jim served on the aircraft carrier, USS Barnes that took him to Japan at the end of WWII.
After the war he married Virginia M. Lovell of Medford, Ore. September 29, 1946. He worked with the forest service in California and he and Virginia started their family. Their work took them to a home in Greeley Hill in Mariposa County, California where their outfit included three little girls and two boys.
Later Jim moved the family north, settling in Grants Pass. He took work as a bull buck for Robert Dollar, supervising independent logging crews, hiring and firing, cruising timber sales, and buying equipment. He continued working building logging roads as a superintendent for Gregory Forest Products. Jim sat on the board of the Oregon Logging Conference for many years and was proud of the contributions he made to the industry.
Retiring in 1992 Jim and Virginia spent a couple of years in their cherished Greeley Hill. They later returned to Grants Pass and Jim went to work for Pacific Truck and Trailer for another 10 years.
Jim was a fixture at Grants Pass High School games during his kids' high school days. He was a member of the Elks Club for 69 years, working both sides of the bar.
Jim is survived by his wife of 70 years, Virginia; his sister, Phyllis Smith of Central Point, Ore.; five children, Jan Dietz, Gretchen Hastings, Dawn Ferguson, Gus Morehead, and Charlie Morehead; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
An informal celebration of life will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the Palm Springs Room at Elmer's Restaurant in Grants Pass, Ore.
Arrangements are in care of Hull & Hull Funeral Directors.