James Sterling Holmgren

James Holmgren

James Sterling Holmgren, born July 2, 1935 in Gooding Idaho, passed away with his family by his side on July 13, 2018. Beloved husband of Rae Holmgren, father of Robert Holmgren (Melodi) and Anna Boyle (Patrick). Grandfather to his two amazing grandchildren, Allison Grace (13) and Ryan James (11). Ally and Ryan adored their Papa and will cherish all the fun times they shared together.

Jim graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1955. Soon after graduation he was drafted into the Army where he served as medical assistant for 2 years. After returning to civilian life, he met and married the love of his life (the only girl he brought home to meet his parents) Rae Elmore on April 2, 1960. Jim went on to attend the University of Washington where he received his degree in Industrial Design.

Jim went to work for Walter Dorwin Teague & Associates, an industrial design firm, in 1966. He traveled to many countries, meeting with many dignitaries to design interiors of planes they had purchased from Boeing. Rae accompanied Jim on some of these work trips, visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world. He decided to retire early to spend more time with his family and travel with Rae. He also started his own design consulting firm, still working with many people from his time at Teague.

Jim enjoyed all life had to offer and was always up for any adventure, especially when it came to his grandchildren. He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rae, son Robert (Melodi), daughter Anna (Patrick), two grandchildren Ally and Ryan, sisters-in-law Alma Winklesky and Joann Scheer and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Wally and Anna (Betty) Holmgren, his brother Robert Holmgren and sister-in-law Donna Holmgren.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. He will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery with his immediate family present.


6 Responses to “James Sterling Holmgren”

  • Christy Stolz says:

    So very sorry for your loss Rae! Jim was an amazing man. I know there will be many difficult days ahead, but I’m sure there is comfort in having your two incredible children (and their spouses) to carry you through. I treasure the times I was able to share with both of you. Gone for now but never forgotten! Go Ferrari!! ❤️

  • Barbara McCarthy says:

    What a beautiful testament to a life well lived. I am sure he will be sorely missed by many.

  • Linda and Don Beagles says:

    We are happy Jim could be part of our life. We met Jim and Rae threw best friends Ron and Colleen. Spent many visits and dinners with them. They loved to play cards and talk about old times. God Bless the family and will continue our friend ship with Rae.
    Love to All Linda and Don Beagles

  • Bob Forster says:

    Jim will be missed as a great friend. I already feel the loss of his almost daily phone calls. You are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. Take care.

  • Farley Bartelmes says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Seeing this sparked memories of good times shared at Teague with Jim. We had many talks around Volkswagens – ha! The last time I saw Jim was at my father’s service. I was so touched that he came after all that time. Hoping you find strength in your shared memories of Jim.

  • Cathrine Ellingsworth says:

    So very sorry for your loss Auntie Rae. Uncle Jim was an amazing man and he will be looking down from heaven. I love you guys.

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