James Ronald Brice: 1941-2013

Dec 18, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Jim Brice won a pumpkin in a recent Halloween contest at Mukilteo's QFC. He passed away Dec. 8.

Jim Brice was born Nov. 3, 1941 in Eureka, Kan. and passed away Dec. 8, 2013 in Mukilteo.

Jim was the middle child of two sisters and two brothers. In 1962, he visited his older sister in Seattle and attended the World’s Fair.

At age 21, he moved to Seattle with his mother and younger siblings. He met his wife, Ann, later that year on a blind date, and they were married six months later. Together, they had three children.

Instead of being drafted, Jim enlisted in the army in 1966 and was stationed near Frankfurt, Germany for the next two years.

After returning to the states, Jim was stationed in Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon. When his service ended, Jim went to work for the Pay ‘N Save Corp. in Seattle and then later for the McKesson Corp. in Everett.

The family moved to Mukilteo in 1978, where they continued to raise their children and Jim worked as a McKesson delivery truck driver. He enjoyed meeting and visiting with people on all the routes he drove.

Following his retirement, he became very active in the Mukilteo Seniors Association, as well as the city’s Planning and Parks commissions and the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association.

He is most known for driving the Mukilteo Seniors bus or the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club Luau and Mukilteo Farmers Market shuttles. He also voiced his opinions on a weekly basis at Mukilteo City Council meetings.

Jim was also an active – and friendly – member at Northshore Christian Church, and specialized in ushering and greeting churchgoers each Sunday. He also served on the Missions Committee, delivered pastoral lunches and hugged anyone who walked through the doors.

Just this year, Jim and Ann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise.

Jim is survived by his wife, their two daughters, Ann Margaret and Rhonda and son, Brien. He was a proud grandpa to five grandchildren – Karina, Roan, Larissa, Reichen and Rourik.

In memory of Jim, his family would like you to hug someone special today. If you knew Jim, you were likely a recipient of one of his famous hugs – he liked to give a good squeeze.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Northshore Christian Church, 5700 23rd Dr. W., Everett. A reception will follow.

Donations in Jim’s name can be made to Heart Ministries at www.hartministries.org or Northshore Christian Church.

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