James M. Plant
James M. Plant passed peacefully on October 26, 2017 at the grand age of 96. He was born to Elmer and A. Lucille (Gildersleeve) Plant Dec 8, 1920. He was raised in Toledo, OR, where in his early years he worked as a grocery clerk and graduated from Toledo High School and attended Junior College before enlisting.
In 1942, 2nd Lt. James M. Plant was a B-17 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps 351 Bomb Group, 511th Bombardment Squadron. On Dec 1, 1943, Jim was shot down by German Luftwaffe fighters over Germany. He and seven other crew members were taken as prisoners of war. He was interned by the Nazi Germans until liberated on June 6, 1945.
On Dec 25, 1942 Jim married Betty Amrine , a school teacher. They settled in Canby, OR, where they raised their two sons Jim and John. Following a 37 year career, he retired from Crown Zellerbach in 1982. After his retirement Jim and Betty enjoyed traveling until she preceded him in death in 1986. Jim enjoyed gardening and staying fit. He loved to make people laugh; somewhat of jokester with a touch of theatrics. He entertained "kids" of all ages with magic shows at local schools and birthday parties. He had an adventuresome side liking to fly, travel across the country to ride roller coasters, and even bungee jumping at the age of 80.
While reserved about his experience, his military service was very important to him — attending regular meetings at the VA with his comrades up until his passing. He was honored by many for his service and was a long time member of the American Legion; American Ex-POW member; Oregon Military Hall of Fame recipient, and 8th Air Force Historical Society member.
His inspiring presence will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know him. He leaves family and friends who love him. Sons James A. Plant and John Plant and his wife Candace. Three grandchildren: Karen Hintz, Stephanie Reissler and Roger Plant. Six great-grandchildren: Dustin Hintz and Sarah (Hintz) Gentry, Kristopher and Ian Jennings, and Lauren and Alison Plant. He was proud of having a great, great grandson Hayden Gentry.
Jim was buried with military honors next to his wife Betty in the Zion Memorial Park Cemetery on Nov. 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Canby American Legion Post 122.