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September 25, 1930 to October 26, 2020- James E. Lancaster Passed peacefully at his home in Gresham due to Complications from heart valve failure.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - James E. LancasterJames E. Lancaster passed peacefully October 26th, 2020 at his home in Gresham due to complications from heart valve failure. Jim was born to Marvin and Alice (Yunker) Lancaster in Portland on Sep 25th, 1930. He attended Orient Grade School and Gresham

High School, where he played football and baseball. He attended and played football at Linfield College. He served in the US Army at White Sands missile testing facility, NM. He married Erma Gradin in 1953 and worked as a lineman and PBX installer for 30 years with Pacific Northwest Bell.

Jim's life revolved around faith, family, and

friends. Jim was a member of Powell Valley and

Good Shepherd Churches. Jim raced dirt track motorcycles

in the 1950's and early 60's. He continued

riding throughout his life, passing his passion for motorcycles on to his children and grandchildren. Jim

was a private pilot who shared ownership of a plane

with life-long friend Don Gabbert. In retirement, Jim

rode his favorite British motorcycles with the Oregon

Antique Motorcycle club, and wintered in Apache

Junction, AZ, where he played softball into his 80's.

After the death of Erma, Jim married LaVerne

Cuniff, who survives him. Jim is also survived by

sons Jeff (Jennifer), Paul (Ewa), and Scott, and stepchildren Jan Weldon (Bob), Jack Cuniff (Veronica),SUBMITTED PHOTO - James E. Lancaster

Jim Cuniff, and Jill Cuniff. He has 16 grandchildren

and 12 great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erma, infant son Clinton, and sister

Elizabeth Reed. A family graveside service will be held at Willamette Cemetery, with a memorial service at a later

date. Suggested memorial contributions to Eternal

Perspective Ministries or Guide Dogs for the

Blind.

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