DAYTON - James Stewart Church, 80, of Dayton, died May 28, 2004, at the Dayton General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Chinook. His parents were Stewart and Callie Oller Church. He attended local schools and graduated from Ilwaco High School. On Sept. 4, 1948, he married Freid Zinn in Chinook.

Mr. Church worked in northwest forests with the Civilian Conservation Corps for several years before joining the Army in 1942, serving in the European Theater. Following the end of World War II, he worked for Chinook Packing Company, Tongue Point Naval Station in Astoria and then Bremerton Naval Yard, retiring in 1989.

The couple moved to Dayton in 1992, where Mr. Church was a member of the Harmony IOOF Lodge No. 16 in Pomeroy. He served in Company "L" National Guard in Astoria for 13 years.

Mr. Church is survived by his wife at home; three sons: John Stewart Church of Boise, Idaho, James Shannon Church of Tacoma, and Richard Craig Church of Dayton; a brother Joseph Church of Walla Walla; sisters Geraldine Comstock of St. Helens, Ore., and Evelyn Larson of Long Beach; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., June 3 at the First Congressional Church, with Rev. Steve Edwards officiating. Those who wish may contribute to the charity of the donor's choice through the Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home, 111 South 2nd Street, Dayton, WA 99328.

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