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Bronsco Jim, Sr.


September 18, 2019

Bronsco was born April 8, 1939 in 'Tuum,' Toppenish, Washington, to Howard and Maggie (Waters) Jim. He attended school in Roosevelt, Washington. Bronsco was an avid fisherman along the Columbia River and the creeks that flowed into the river and notably the Celilo Falls. After the falls were covered by the building of the Dalles Dam, he continued to exercise his rights as a Columbia River Indian and fished the gillnet seasons, even building a scaffold with his son-in-law, Devery. Fishing and hunting kept him fit and healthy; he loved the hard work that it demanded.

He met and married the love of his life, Ella Jean, at 18. Together they had seven daughters and one son (Lisa, Lorna, Joni, Tina, Susie, Theresa, Elsie, and Bronsco, Jr.) and were married for 48 years. His love for Ella was eternal, and he never remarried after her death in 2004.

He retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2004 after many years of hard work and service. And he always praised his wife for her love and support, reminding us he just wanted to take care of his family. Never, ever an idle man, he kept busy teaching his grandkids to always have a side hustle and never to rely on the government or a tribal dollar. He especially liked to take off on his road trips and return with stories, sharing pictures of his many hikes in places such as Moab, Utah, the Grand Canyon, and many national forests. He made many trips to Disneyland, taking first his own children, his grandchildren, and then even his great-grandchildren. He was still planning one last trip this fall, thus proving his love of life.

Bronsco was a father figure to many of his family members. He took many of his nephews, brothers-in-law, and grandsons on their quest for first kill and first fish endeavors.

Bronsco enjoyed his life to the fullest. He was a sports fan and enjoyed razzing his grandchildren and their sports teams, often cheering against whomever they cheered for just to get a rise out of them and add some fun. But most of all, you could see him enjoying NASCAR at the Phoenix and Las Vegas Raceways, although his children and nephews have memories of traveling to many raceways around the Pacific Northwest and California. He had his favorite drivers, but it was the engines and motor craft he seemed to love the most. If you ever sat and listen to him reminisce about anything, it usually involved a car. He could tell you the year, make, model, and color with such passion.

In 2013 he was diagnosed with renal cancer and started the regimen needed to keep on living. Two years later, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Still maintaining his best lifestyle, he continued his treatment and did his best to show his family that life was worth living even though he was sick. He always praised God, good health, and all the prayers for his longevity with cancer.

On Aug. 31, 2019, he left this world to rejoin all those he loved and yearned for, leaving all his love and teachings with his family of five generations as he was a great-great-grandfather. He was laid to rest at Pine Creek Cemetery on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

Preceding him were his parents, siblings, wife Ella Jean, grandson Jake Richards, and great- grandson Goose.

He leaves behind his eight children and at the family home his son BJ Jr., daughter Lisa, granddaughter Dawn Joline, and her children Jaycene, Ira, and Luke.

Thank you to all those at the Celilo Cancer Center for many years of compassion and support; to John Washines for all of your unwavering help when he needed it most; and Providence Hospice for making his final lapse a bit easier on his family. And all of you who kept him in your prayers, he gave you all so much credit.


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