James Allen Willhite

Date of birth: November 24 1932

Date of death: August 13 2019

James Willhite was born in Portland Oregon and graduated from Benson High School.Through studies at various locations including Oregon State University, he became a registered professional engineer.He worked for the Bureau of Public Roads and the Federal Highway Administration for 36 years in Vancouver, WA, Boise ID, and Headquarters in Washington D.C.His focus areas were bridge construction and highway safety including work in Honduras on the Pan American Highway.

After retirement, Jim focused on genealogy research and volunteered for book repair for the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society at the Oregon State Library.He also hosted a Willhite DNA web site.He was a member and officer in the National Active and Retired Federal Employees and Thor Lodge Sons of Norway.Jim was also an avid Volcanoes and San Francisco Giants baseball fan and exerciser at the Courthouse Club Fitness in Keizer.He was a member of the Keizer Elks.

Jim is survived by sons James Jr. (Linda) of Malvern, PA and Douglas (Julia) of Warner Springs, CA; brother Paul (Rosemary) of Keizer, and wife Pat Ehrlich.Also survived by five grandchildren, six great grand children and one great great grandchild.Jim was predeceased by his parents James and Olaug Willhite, daughter Brenda Cheaqui, brother David and his first wife Marilyn Dube.


At his request there will be no services.If desired donations in his memory may be made to the Germanna Foundation, PO Box 279, Locust Grove, VA 22508.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center.

4 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Andrew and Chandreyee Wherever you are Gramps, we know you are filling it up with laughter and compassion. Love you ALWAYS and thank you for EVERYTHING.

Candle lit by Linda Willhite Love you so much Gramps! The world will not be the same without you!

Candle lit by James A. Willhite, Jr. To a wonderful man and great father. Thanks for all your love and support for all of my 65+ years. Until we meet again ... Jim Jr.