Peter Harry James

October 7, 1962January 1, 2019

Peter H. “Pete” James (56) Passed away Tuesday morning, January 1, 2019 in Nespelem, Washington. He entered this world on Sunday, October 7, 1962 in Grand Coulee, Washington to the home of Paul Joe & Evelyn Orcelle Timentwa-James. Pete attended Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon where this popular young man played basketball for the “Chemawa Braves” and was Student Body President, graduating in 1980 with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Following graduation, Pete attended the University of Washington. Pete was a proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes: As such – he held a deep respect for, and participated in, his native traditions and culture. Known by all who knew him as a people person of high hopes with boundless optimism; Pete loved spending time in the out-of-doors huckleberry picking, woodcutting, tending his garden and helping others keep their lawns looking beautiful. Predeceased by both of his parents and siblings: Kenneth James, Rosemary Fields, Reginald James, Jesse James, Robert “Joe” James, Kenneth Francis James, Aaron Paul Sr., Paul “PJ” James Jr. and Amelia Tatshama; Pete’s legacy lives on through his significant other, son, Terron McDonald and siblings, Suzette Moore (Jim), David James, Lewis “Skip” James, Jeannie Jackson (James), Harlan Pelletier, Adrian Sam and Clydell Pecootas (Lindsey) and numerous nephews and nieces. Pete’s dressing was held at Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington at 11:30am, Thursday, January 3, 2019. His other services were held at the Nespelem Long House in Nespelem, Washington as follows: Rosary at 7:00pm, Thursday, January 3, 2019 with his Funeral Mass at 10:00am, Friday, January 4, 2019. Graveside services followed immediately at the Nespelem Catholic Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Pete’s family.


  • Dressing Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Community Rosary Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 4, 2019

Peter Harry James

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