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5/24/2013 3:16:00 PM
James Eric Sundberg

January 18, 1957 ~
May 18, 2013
James Eric Sundberg died May 18, 2013, at home in Manson, WA, after a year-long battle with mesothelioma, a rare, incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He was born January 18, 1957, in Juneau, AK. He was the youngest child of Odd B. and Mary J. Sundberg. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1975. Summers during his high school years he worked at his Uncle Harry's fish cannery in Wrangell, AK. In 1977, he was accepted into the Alaska Carpenter's Union 2247 Apprenticeship Program. He achieved Journeyman status in 1983. During his carpentry career, he remodeled dozens of commercial buildings in Juneau's downtown historic district, as well as worked on remodels of many government buildings. Early in his career, he also crewed as a deckhand, commercially fishing for halibut and Kodiak king crab. On May 31, 1986, he married Cindy Jean Barkley and, in 1996, their daughter, Jensina LaRue, was born. In 2005, the family relocated to Manson, WA, where Jim took the opportunity to co-own Local Myth Pizza in Chelan. He subsequently dropped his ownership role but continued on as a worker and remodeler. He loved everything about life on Lake Chelan ~ the people, the climate, the agriculture. He was a member of the Manson Kiwanis Club and was an active volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Jenny; mother, Mary Moore; brother, Van (Tracey); sister, Naomi (Tom); and nephews, Dan and Alex Westcott. He was preceded in death by his father, Odd.
Jim will be remembered for his deep relationships; strong moral code; insatiable curiosity; courage; determination to overcome obstacles and solve problems; and by the love and respect he earned from those whose lives he touched. He was a devoted husband and father. He had a great sense of humor. Within the carpentry profession, he was respected by his peers as a perfectionist, competent in all aspects of his trade. He relished his Alaskan hunting and fishing adventures and was the guy every outdoorsman wants to have along, especially in an emergency. He enjoyed risk-taking activities, but was never reckless. He enjoyed helping neighbors and had a great respect for elders. Jim realized nothing is more important than family, friends and love, and spoke of this often as his health declined. Some of his last words were what a lucky man he was in his family and friendship.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Manson Methodist Church, with a potluck to follow at the Manson Grange Hall. Memorials in Jim's name may be sent to the Meso Foundation by visiting or mailed to The Meso Foundation, 1317 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Alternately, donations may be made to the Manson Kiwanis Club at P.O. Box 827, Manson, WA 98831.

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