- Published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
A longtime resident of Santa Clara, Calif., passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by family on August 4, 2014. He was 87.
Known as "Jim" by his closest friends, "Buddy" by his family, and "Grandpa" by his many grandchildren, James Schriver was born February 9, 1927 in Werner, N.D. He spent much of his childhood in Fargo, ND. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy in Jan 1945 at the age of 17, and quickly began work as a flight mechanic working alongside pilots and engineers to maintain the Navy's air fleet. Jim would spend the next 22 years in service of his country, traveling around the world. In his later years, Jim loved to boast that his service allowed him to visit all seven continents on the globe — even Antarctica.
He attended Navy school, and was stationed at a variety of bases, including: Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, VA., Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA., Pearl Harbor-Hickam Base in Oahu, Hawaii and NAS Moffett Field. His final rank was Chief Flight Engineer. While in the Navy, Jim was qualified on the AJ Savage 1 on the Midway aircraft carrier. He also flew the Lockheed Constellation and C130 Hercules. He served his country proudly in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War with more than 15,000 logged flight hours on the C130. Jim retired from the Navy in 1966, and began work as a flight engineer and cockpit qualified pilot on the Boeing 707 for passenger and cargo airlines such as: Lockheed, World Airways, TIA, Saturn Airways, Interior Airlines of Alaska, Transamerica Airlines, Olympic Airways, and Beechcraft Aerospace, located in Hanger One at Moffett Field. He retired in 1989 at 59 years young. In his later years, Jim was extremely active in local clubs and organizations. He was especially fond of his time spent at Fleet Reserve Branch #101 and American Legion Post #564, where he volunteered as a Bingo caller. Jim was introduced to the love of his life, Erma L. Schriver (Hinnenkamp) on a trip to Yosemite. Jim and Erma married on Sept. 14, 1951 in Norfolk, Va. The family eventually settled in Santa Clara, in 1957. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Erma, along with his eight children, their spouses and families: Janell (Ron); Diane; James (Terry); Robert (Kim); Mary Ann (Bob) of Los Altos; Carolyn (Mario); Tracy; and Alex. He will be especially missed by his 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: of those are Lauren, Lindsey, and Olivia Poulos of Los Altos. He is also survived by his brother, Arlo, sisters Ferne and Joy, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Henry Schriver and Mabel Hanson Schriver, and by his sisters: Grace, Arliene, Lyllah, Berneace, and Marvel.