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James Thomas DeGarmo

James Thomas DeGarmo met his lord and was reunited with beloved wife, Ardeth on September 29,2019. Born August 15, 1929, to James Franklin and Hattie (Leckenby) DeGarmo in Olympia, Washington. Graduated from Olympia High School (1949) and Oregon State College (1953) with a mechanical engineering degree. Married Ardeth Elaine Brooks September 16, 1949 in Eugene, Oregon. Served in the United States Marine Corps at the end of WW2, continued in the reserves and was a Platoon Leaders class. Employed by E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co. for 32 years in Texas and West Virginia. Returned to Olympia in 1985. Was active in church work, civic activities, school functions, scouting and youth sports. Member of Gloria Dei Lutheran church, American Legion, and Oregon State Alumni. Enjoyed family, geneology and sports. Survived by three sons and wives, James Jr. (Sandra) of Highland Park, Ill, Jeff (Kathleen) of Mills City, Or, and Grant (Denise) of Lacey, Wa. Also, six grandchildren, three great grandsons, on cousin and several nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by Ardeth. Viewing will be held on October 9, 2019 from Noon – 4 p.m. located at Mills & Mills Memorial Park. Pastor Doug Knutson-Keller will officiate a graveside service on October 10, 2019 at Odd Fellows Cemetery beginning at12:30 pm. Donations can be made to Gloria Dei Church or Thurston County food bank.