James Boisselle

Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory

James Boisselle passed away July 11, 2019 surrounded by his family at his home in Brownstown, WA. He was able to spend his last few days surrounded and cared for by his wife, children and grandchildren. Jim was born January 24, 1958, the tenth of twelve children, to Elmer and Lois Boisselle in Yakima, WA. As a child he grew up on his grandfather’s hop ranch where he developed his passion for farming. Even as a young child, he would challenge his mother’s patience by planting and growing his own crops in her garden where he would run series of small ditches throughout. This was an inherited trait his own sons and grandsons would unknowingly copy. As a teenager, he discovered his passion for fabrication. He was an avid welder, woodworker, and dreamer of projects. Throughout his life he was constantly building things. On April 16, 1977 he married his high school sweetheart, Susan St. Hilaire, to whom he was married for the next 42 years. Together they raised twelve children and 20 grandchildren on the farm and he was blessed to see the fifth generation work with him in his garden. He was active in his community sitting on multiple boards including Washington Mint Growers Association, Far West Spearmint Marketing Order, Connell Grain Growers and Wapato Irrigation Project.

Jim wasn’t a man of many words but one of great passion, kindness, and integrity. His faith and his family were his everything. Despite any difficulty, he always put his trust in God and his walk with the Lord became the legacy that he would leave for his children and grandchildren. Jim loved the outdoors and taking Sunday drives with his family. He would rather be sitting in a chair next to the river or hiking in the mountains with his wife and kids than be anywhere else in the world. His love for carpentry was shown in the many pieces of furniture throughout his home that he built with his own hands, and his kids loved to watch him build whatever happened to come to his mind. Growing things was a passion of Jim’s, whether it was crops in his field or corn in his garden. He loved to see the seeds that he planted sprout and thrive, and he showed his children and grandchildren the value of hard work, diligence, and persistence through how he taught them to care for the farm. Jim treated his wife, Sue, like a queen, bringing her coffee every morning from their favorite café and telling her he loved her. He made it a point to pray with her daily, and he always encouraged and supported her in whatever endeavor she pursued.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lois Boisselle, his brothers, Bob Boisselle and Richard Boisselle, his sisters, Rosalie Boisselle and Carol Johnson, and his granddaughters, Emma Boisselle and Audrey Boisselle. He is survived by his wife, Susan, his children, Nicholas (Mindy) of Zillah, Wa., Francis (Maureen) of Harrah, Wa., Joseph (Sarah) of White Swan, Wa., Melissa Hettinger (Timothy) of Meridian, Id., Kimberly Hicks (Scott) of Washougal, Wa., Jordan (Emily) of Harrah, Wa., Elizabeth of Brownstown, Wa., Justice (Jordan) of Tulsa, Ok., Peter (Rachel) of Vancouver, Wa., and younger children, Zackory, Benjamin and Kristina who live at the family residence in Brownstown, Wa. He is also survived by his siblings, Francis Boisselle, Connie Merz, Dorothy Heinz, Margorie Balch, David, Douglas, and his baby sister, Mary Boisselle.

A Graveside Service is planned for Friday, July 19, 2019 at 9:30 am at Terrace Heights Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial Service at Stone Church (3303 Englewood Ave., Yakima, Wa. 98902) at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union Gospel Mission and may be sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, Wa. 98936) who is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.brooksidefuneral.com.