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James Michael ‘Bear’ McAnly

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 11:26 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 11:58 a.m. CST

James Michael “Bear” McAnly, 60, passed away on Nov. 7, 2012, at Providence Hospice and Care Center East in Portland, Ore.

Born in Newton on Dec. 26, 1951, he was the son of L.C. Jr. and Catherine McAnly — a very joyful occasion for his parents during the holiday season. He graduated from Newton Senior High School in 1970 and attended the University of Iowa.

Jim moved to Oregon in 1972 and had resided there since. He was very witty, generous and had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his sisters, Mary and Ann, and a brother, Tom. He had many life-long friends, including Dave “Albert” Vermillion of Portland, as well as many friends he made along the way.

At his requests, services to celebrate his life will be on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the picnic grounds on top of Larch Mountain in Mt. Hood National Forest in the Columbia River Gorge.

The top of Larch Mountain was a special favorite of Bear and his Iowa friends, with a commanding view of Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helen’s and their old stomping grounds in the Columbia River Gorge.

He wanted to thank all the people at Providence Hospice and Care Center East who made his last few months enjoyable. Remembrance in his name can be made to the Providence Hospice.

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