James (Jim) R. Burres, 69, of The Dalles passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on January 13, 2016. He was born on October 31, 1946, one of six sons to Jack and Georgia Ellen (Sharp) Burres. He graduated from Condon High School in 1965 prior to enlistment in the United States Navy in 1966.<br>

He relocated to Long Beach, California during his service as an electronics technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bennington(CVS-20) in the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Tonkin. Jim was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and a Viet Nam Service Medal with a Bronze Star. Upon discharge in 1969 Jim and family returned to Oregon and settled in Newberg.<br>

Jim was a dreamer, a salesman, an activist, and a believer in justice; after several careers he found his passion and began work as a fulltime volunteer veterans advocate in 1997. He worked tirelessly to help his fellow veterans receive the care and benefits that their sacrifice warranted but were all too often denied by the Veterans Administration.<br>

Jim loved his family, his friends, and his community, and lived with an intensity and passion that was evident to all who encountered him. Jim is survived by brothers Joe, Dave, and Frank, his children Tawnya Stock, Dina Smith, and Derek Burres, his grandchildren Jacob, Tabitha, Chance, Genna, Sydney, Emmett, and Eric, and great granddaughter Lily.<br>

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Veterans Home located at 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058.<br>

In lieu of flowers, donations to a local veterans non-profit will be accepted to further the work Jim passionately pursued.

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  1. To The Family of Jim Burres,

    It is with great sadness that I today learned of the passing of a great man. I just tried calling Jim to get some additional information from him as we spoke as recently as a few weeks ago.

    You see, Jim and I were shipmates aboard the USS BENNINGTON CVS-20 during the Vietnam years. Although I did not personally know Jim at the time, I learned of his accomplishments dealing with issues of veterans seeking benefits and being tuned down by the Veterans Administration. Jim was actually assisting me in getting a few things done for our fellow shipmates. He will surely be missed by not only me, but those of us who have had the opportunity to communicate directly with him. He has touched the lives of many and shall NEVER be forgotten.

    On behalf of the USS BENNINGTON P.A.C.T., please accept our belated condolences on the passing of this great individual. To the family, we “thank you” for Jim’s service to our country and the service he supplied to many veterans seeking information or help. He was always there to give advice and direction.

    Please know that in August of this year in Bennington, VT, at our annual “Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony”, shipmate Jim will be remembered at the site of the actual Ships’ Bell Monument. As I read Jim’s name from a listing of “Those Who Have Gone Before Us”, the actual ships’ bell will toll in his memory.

    Rest in Peace Shipmate, as we have the watch…………..

    With My Deepest Sympathy,
    Joseph L. Pires
    USS BENNINGTON Historian
    694 Iredel Court
    Calabash, NC 28467
    [email protected]

  2. Fair winds and following seas, USS Bennington Shipmate. (Damn, just damn.)
    ETN2/CWO3 USN, (Ret)

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