James Delbert Springer
James Delbert Springer
  • April 13, 1925 - October 15, 2011
  • Vancouver, Washington

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Dr. James D. Springer, known as "Doc," was 86 years old when he peacefully passed from this world to the next on October 15, 2011 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA. He was still joking during his last trip to the hospital.

He was born on April 13, 1925 to Luther Roy Springer and Eleanor Arvilla Palmer in Ford's Prairie and grew up in Galvin, southwest of Centralia. He was next to the youngest of seven brothers and sisters.

Doc served in Okinawa during World War II. He met his future wife, Evelyn Borden, at Seattle Pacific College. She was a nurse and they were both getting religion degrees. They married in Ridgefield, WA on June 15, 1947. Doc got his medical training in Missouri at the Kirksville School of Osteopathy and the family moved to Randle, WA in June 1957. He practiced medicine in Randle for almost 50 years and loved the people of the valley helping them day or night.

Doc and Evelyn helped start the Church of The Nazarene in Randle. He loved music and played the accordion and the harmonica and sometimes filled in at the piano. You could always hear his voice in a crowd and he could whistle like a bird. Doc loved sports and loved to fish, hunt, go clam digging, pick berries and raise a big garden.

Doc was preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers and sisters, and wife of 50 years. He is survived by Cyrilla Gleason of Vancouver, Ross Springer (residence unknown), Rosalyn Bencio of Yakima, Chrystell Manning of Milwaukie, OR and Craig Springer (whereabouts unknown). He has 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at the White Pass Gymnasium Randle, WA, October 29, at 11:00 a.m. Brown's Mortuary will be in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Randle Church of The Nazarene or to the Ray Hickey Hospice House of Vancouver, WA.