REV. JAMES EDWIN THUIRER was born in Spencer, Iowa on June 3, 1939, to Merrill and Lucielle Thuirer. He had one brother, John Thuirer of Birmingham, Alabama who survives him.
Jim was stationed at the Fairchild Air Force Base based in Spokane, WA. He attended Whitworth College in Spokane, WA and later Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He then returned to the pacific northwest becoming an Elder for the Pacific Northwest Methodist Conference in 1970. He served two independent churches and 5 Methodist appointments during his 50-year career: Hillyard-Spokane WA; Calhan, CO; Central Park, WA; Everett WA; Rosalia/Thorton, WA; Snoqualmie, WA; and Highland Park Seattle, WA.
Jim served the Valley and the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church for seven years, from 1983 until 1990, guiding through a very successful centennial year (1989) for the Church, the City of Snoqualmie, and the City of North Bend. Jim was president of the Snoqualmie Valley Ministerial Association, wrote the Circuit Rider column for the Snoqualmie Valley Record and wrote and pub- lished Apprentice Shepherds for a Modern Age. Jim was also honored by the City of Snoqualmie with an official proclamation expressing thanks for his contributions to the centennial of the city and the church.
After retirement, Jim often filled in and volunteered at Wesley Retirement Center. Jim enjoyed gardening, Mari- ners baseball, trains, and traveling. Jim was preceded in death by his second wife, Pamela Cook-Knutson and is survived by his first wife: Marjorie Franson; daughter: Teresa Larew of Raymond, WA; son: Michael Thuirer of Ocean Shores, WA; daughter: Christal Dixon of Car- nation, WA; step-daughters: Kyly Heppenstall, Karrie Ayers, and Jamie Savage; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.