Elmer Jay Hames
April 8, 1939 – Oct. 16, 2022

It is with a heavy heart we tell of Elmer J. Hames passing. Elmer (my dad) always told me, “If you couldn’t find the humor in any given situation, it wasn’t yours to play with.” He had many such tokens of wisdom and I am grateful he shared them.

He had many occupations in life, held knowledge of many skills, and shared them and his time freely.

He would help folks with out regard to the losses they may suffer. This was evident to those who knew him. He was stubborn when he set his mind to something and there was no swaying him.

He grew up in the Willow Creek area and lived there his whole life. I was going to share many things about my dad’s life here but have decided to share these at his celebration of life at a later date.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Jay Buck Hames and Vivian Luree Hames, his brother Delbert Leroy Hames, and his sister Betty Lorraine Hames. His wife Lorraine “Lou” Forbes and many family and friends too numerous to list.

He is survived by his brother Gerald Hames of Port Orchard, Washington; his daughters Ann Tornbom of Bend, Oregon and her two sons, Allison Hames of Mckinleyville and her seven children; grandson Anthony Hames of Bend, Oregon as well as six great-grandchildren. A very special thank you to Patrick Shannon for allowing my dad to stay in his home until his passing — without your emotional and financial support this would not have been possible. And to Kelly who spent my dad’s last day/evening with him quietly talking and comforting him. And all the staff at Six Rivers Medical: Thank you.

A celebration of life is being planned as there will be no services.


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