James Engibous

FRISCO, Texas – James Charles Engibous, 90, formerly of Norway, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Frisco.

Jim was born in Norway on Aug. 12, 1923, to Charles and Evelyn Engibous. A man to whom education was important, Jim graduated from Norway High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Northern State Normal School (Northern Michigan University), master’s from Oregon State University and doctorate from Ohio State University.

His schooling was interrupted temporarily due to World War II. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a pilot on the USS Portland. In 1946, Jim married Emma Buck. He worked for Monsanto in St. Louis and later International Minerals and Chemical Corp. in Skokie, Ill. He retired from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., as chair of the Agronomy and Soil Department.

Jim was an active member of Kiwanis as well as several professional organizations and was a 40-year member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman. Jim and Em recently moved from Pullman to Frisco to be closer to family.

Jim enjoyed his retirement, spending time on Lake Coeur d’Alene, traveling and reading. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma; children, Kathy (Ron) Williams, Tom (Wendy) Engibous and Carole (Bob) White; grandchildren, Wendy (Brandon) Carlson, Ryan (Carly) Engibous, Stump (Shondra) Engibous, Stacy White, Derek (Kassandra) White, Stephanie Engibous; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary and Marge; and brother, Dave.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike; sisters, Katey and Alice; and brothers, John and Bill.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman.

Memorials may be made in Jim’s name to the Pullman Kiwanis Club Scholarship Program at the Washington State University Foundation.

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