James Ernest Loewen died at his home outside of Sublimity on Dec. 29, 2016, following a prolonged illness. He was born to Ernest and Clara Voth Loewen on Jan. 13, 1945, at Bartell Hospital in Dallas.
He grew up in the Salt Creek Community on a small farm and was a member of the Salt Creek Baptist Church.
He attended Orchard Grade School and then Dallas Junior High and Dallas High School, graduating in 1963. He was active in FFA and was a State Farmer. He was co-editor of the school newspaper.
He graduated from Oregon College of Education. After graduation, Jim worked at the Oregon State Hospital in the maximum-security unit and then at University of Oregon Medical School as a research assistant.
He then returned to the state hospital, where he worked in the Adolescent Secure Treatment Program. He finished his career as a mental health counselor at MacLaren School, retiring in 1998.
He was a board member and vice president of the Oregon Public Employees Union. He served two terms on the PERS Board.
Jim was a lifelong student of history and understood politics inside and outside of Oregon.
He supported many causes promoting justice and kindness, and opposed practices hurtful to people and the environment.
He was a lifelong Democrat. He was a smart man. He loved his family and friends, his dogs and his cats, and a cow named Julie.
He is survived by his wife Niki (Mosher), of Sublimity; son Matthew (and Caitlin), of Corvallis; granddaughter, Lily; his brother David (and Sandy), of Salt Creek; and nieces and nephew Jessica, Allison and Michael.
His home church over the last several years was Stayton United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held there on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marion-Polk Food Share (or your local food bank) or to UNICEF.