James R. Stevenson, 64, of Forks, Washington, died October 23, 2020, at Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles, Washington. He was born June 21, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of late James B. Stevenson and Shirley M. Stevenson (née Wachter).
In 1973 James joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he served as a Corporal until 1977. While in the Marine Corps, he served in the armory division which later influenced him to attend gunsmith school in Colorado. After his military service, James returned to Michigan where he worked for Missaukee County Parks and Recreation as well as various auto wrecking yards.
In 1998 James moved to Forks, Washington to live and be closer to family. While in Forks he continued to be passionate about fixing and collecting guns. He loved the outdoors and hunted many seasons on the Olympic Peninsula. James had a reputation as a “handyman” in his family and was regarded as a jack of all trades and a master of none. James was very proud of his service as a Marine, but he was most proud of his family. He would do anything for his family and many times throughout his life he did.
He is survived by his sister Pattie (Gene) Hulbert of Forks, Washington; his Aunt Danni Strzelewicz of Lake City, Michigan and Palmetto, Florida; his niece, Danna Weakley-Price; nephew Kyle (Stephanie) Weakley; niece Erin (Tony) Tumaua; grandnieces and nephews, CJ Price, Madison Weakley, Tristan Tumaua, Jake Weakley, Macy Weakley, Sloan Tumaua, Matthew Montes; and his best friend and canine companion Rags, all of Forks, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Shirley Stevenson; his grandparents Raymond and Della Wachter (née Westlake) from Michigan and his Aunt Dorothy Lucas (née Wachter) also from Michigan.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to American Legion Post 106, P O Box 1298, Forks, WA.
A service will be held after January 1, 2021, at Forks Cemetery where he will be honored for his military service by the American Legion.