James Edward Gooley

December 3, 1938April 20, 2018

James (Jim) Gooley ended his two-plus-year battle with cancer on April 20, 2018 in the presence of his wife of 59 years and his two children. He was born on December 3, 1938 to Clarence (Cy) and Eleanora (Fallert) Gooley. He graduated from Harrington High School in 1956 and later activated his Navy Reserve status for a two- year tour in California and Asian countries.

He married Jo Ann Easton on May 9, 1959 and soon after began working on the family farm in Harrington where they lived for 32 years and raised their children. He loved the land and the ever-changing cycle of the wheat plants, but most of all he loved spending time in his shop creating and repairing machinery. When he retired in 2000, he and Jo moved to town and he enthusiastically became serious about fly fishing and abundantly creating beautifully handcrafted wood projects that have special places in all our homes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jo’s parents - Berna and Elmer Easton and daughter-in-law Judy McCartney. He is survived by his wife Jo; his daughter Linda, husband Ron Mielke, their children Roni Jo, husband David Funk, and Alicia; his son Ted, wife Deborah, and their daughter Molly; brothers Bill; Ron and wife Carolyn; cousins, and numerous nieces, and nephews. He leaves many friends in the town of Harrington where he lived all his life and also with the Spokane Fly Fishers in which he was he an active member. He will be forever loved and missed.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 Monday May 7 at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Harrington, 202 S. Coal Creek Road. Reception to follow.

Special thanks to Dr. Kirk Lund and his wonderful staff at Rockwood Cancer Center, and to Hospice, for their loving and tender care throughout Jim’s cancer journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Spokane Fly Fishers Conservation Fund, PO Box 4141, Spokane WA 99220; Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave N, Seattle WA 98109; or the charity of your choice. Please sign the online guestbook at STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the Gooley family.


  • Celebraration of Life Memorial Service Monday, May 7, 2018

James Edward Gooley

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Nancy Potter

May 2, 2018

Dear Jo, Linda, Ron, Roni Jo, and Alicia,
We are praying for you as you grieve and celebrate Jim's life. Our lives are richer because you reached out and brought us into your circle of friends when we moved to Spokane as new empty nesters. We have loved getting to know you as we rode along at harvest time, joined you on fly fishing trips, attended concerts at Fairplay, and watched you give freely of your time and friendship.

Mark & Nancy Potter