On August the 4th James R Ewing stepped into his eternal life at the age of 91 after peacefully saying his goodbyes with his daughter Jama by his side.
He was born on February 19, 1930, in Gifford, ID to Gladys and Georgia Ewing and raised with four loving sisters. After completing school, he was drafted into the Army at age 20 just after marrying his life-long love Mary Alice. They married after a short courtship and went on to raise three children Bradley, Roger, and Jama. Together they raised their family in Clarkston, WA until moving back to Keuterville in the late 2000s where they enjoyed their retirement years and the beautiful and vast outdoors the prairie has to offer. They had 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Jim was one of the most loving grandfathers, he could always be found teaching them about hunting, guns, and knives while sharing his wisdom for life’s various obstacles. He was loved by many for his outgoing, kind and most of all humorous personality. Many remember his ability to laugh and joke even during life’s hardest moments bringing countless smiles to those who knew him.
Jim served during the Korean War from 1951-1953 as an Artillery Battery Commander. He was honorably discharged and went on to become a well-respected welder at the PFI for over 40 years until enjoying a long and fulfilling retirement. Jim was an avid trap shooter, becoming a member of the ATA in 1955. Together he and Mary traveled many states while he registered over 195,000 targets in his long-standing career, breaking multiple perfect scores. Jim also donated countless hours to the sport and to the Lewiston Gun Club, where he served as president at one time. Jim loved the camaraderie and countless friendships that blossomed from the sport of trapshooting and spoke about the wonderful times he had up until the day of his passing. Jim loved the outdoors, fishing, and hunting, shooting his last buck just before his 90th birthday oxygen and all. He spent many mornings at the Keuterville Pub and Grub having coffee with guys, countless hours, and many cherished memories with the Rehder Family who loved and cared for him until his last days.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Alice, three sisters, son Bradley, son-in-law Russ Jaderquist, and grandson Brock Ewing.
He is survived by his son Roger, daughter Jama, 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and sister Charlene Spooner (Richard), and many nieces and nephews.
No longer our champion on earth but eternally the champion of our hearts.
A service will be held Saturday, September 11 for both James and Mary Ewing at Saint Mary’s Church in Cottonwood ID. Rosary at 11:00 am with mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 am, located at 508 Church St, Cottonwood, ID 83522. Lunch to follow at the Keuterville Community Hall, 1135 Keuterville Rd, Keuterville, ID 83522. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.