May 19, 1944 - August 7, 2021
James D. Avery, age 77, of Poulsbo passed away on August 7th after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in Waverly, Iowa to Jim and Anne Avery. He graduated from Waverly - Shell Rock High School. Not long after he joined the United States Navy. Jim's childhood summers were spent on and along the Mississippi River in Lansing, Iowa where he met the love of his life, Kathy. They were married for 52 years. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Avery; two children, Shari (Eric) Kvistad of New Baden, IL and Mikel (Agnes) Avery of Seabeck, WA; three grandchildren, Jake (Brianna) Kvistad of Kingston, WA, Ruth Kvistad and Henry Kvistad both of New Baden, IL; great-grandchild Emery Belger-Kvistad of Kingston; mother Anne Avery (100 years old) of Shell Rock, IA; and sibling Joe (Cathey) Avery of Shell Rock, IA. He is preceded in passing by his father, James N. Avery; and his grandson Zachary Kvistad. Jim was a 27 year veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in Vietnam, Okinawa, Guam, Japan, England, Virginia, California, and Florida as a cryptographer before retiring in 1995. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as an IT Specialist for Hughes, Raytheon, the State of Georgia, Avondale Industries, and Boeing in various locations around the United States; including some time in Saudi Arabia. In his full retirement, he was a volunteer at the Naval History Museum in Bremerton, Washington. Jim loved hunting, fishing, history, and story telling. Jim was also a very talented woodcarver whose carvings had won several awards at the county fair. He was renowned for his sense of humor and tall tales. He had a particular fondness for making up his own poems and lyrics to songs, none of which can be repeated in polite company. Jim's wishes were to have his ashes scattered on the Mississippi in Lansing, Iowa where he experienced some of the happiest moments of his life. Donations may be made to the VFW 4992, P.O. Box 186, Silverdale, WA 98383.
James D. Avery, age 77, of Poulsbo passed away on August 7th after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in Waverly, Iowa to Jim and Anne Avery. He graduated from Waverly - Shell Rock High School. Not long after he joined the United States... View Obituary & Service Information
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