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.