Jim was born in Glenada, Oregon on December 1, 1937 to Robert and Dorothy Kneaper.
He went to school and graduated high school in Mapleton, Oregon and attended college in San Francisco, California.
He was married to Kathy for 17 years and they had two children, Brad and Teresa along with four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jim married Carol 25 years ago and became step-father to her three children, Tracie, Eric and Ryan and a step-grandfather to their six children; he was very active in their lives.
Jim worked at West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau for about 25 years, retiring in 2007. His last position was manager of operations where he supervised employees who traveled the U. S. and abroad. He also did a lot of travel to these places, including Sweden and Russia.
Jim and Carol enjoyed many trips to Hawaii and Mexico for their vacations, most of those with the children.
Jim has one surviving brother, Robert in Sweet Home, Oregon and was preceded in death by his brother, John; and his sister, Shirley.