Lemley Chapel
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All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Bernard ‘Jim’ Gorum Memorial
Bernard ‘Jim’ Gorum Memorial

Bernard ‘Jim’ Gorum

Bernard ‘Jim’ Gorum

Sunday, June 5th, 2022

Bernard James “Jim” Gorum, age 73, of Sedro-Woolley, Washington passed away June 5, 2022. He was born April 25, 1949, in Bellingham, WA to Frederick and Roberta (Hammer) Gorum.

Jim attended, and graduated from, Mt. Baker High School in Deming, Washington. He had the honor of marrying his high school sweetheart, and love of his life, Connie Kosa on April 12th, 1969, at Immanuel Lutheran church in Everson, Wa.  Shortly after that, in August of 1969, Jim was drafted into the Army and sent to serve one year in Vietnam.

Jim enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved living in forks, Washington, he said it was the most beautiful place in the world! Jim especially loved to visit Goodman creek. The mouth of Goodman creek opens up to the ocean and this is where Jim would spend time doing some of his favorite things, fishing and harvesting the best butter clams he ever had.

Jim spent 30+ years working as a hooktender in the woods.

Jim was a very social man who loved to have a good time. He had so many friends that in his heart he loved like family. Jim could light up a room with his smile and his laugh was contagious.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Connie; children, Nicole (Jeff) Andersen; Kelsey (Rochelle Warner) Gorum and Cassidy (David) Dent; grandchildren, Trey, Chase, Lauryn, Kenna, Kailani, Mason, Kelyn “KJ”; sisters, Beverly, Barbara and Betty; brother, Brad, and many loving relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Bonnie.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00, Friday, June 17, 2022, at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley, Pastor Steve Fish presiding. A reception will follow at the Sedro- Woolley Eagles Club. Share your memories of Jim and sign the online guest register.


  • Brian K Borde

    Connie & Family- So sorry and sad to hear of Jims passing. It has been many years since I worked with Jim in the Forks area but they were some of my best memories. my condolences.

  • Dona Aring

    I am so sorry Jim has passed away. What a great classmate, and friend he was. I hope you receive some comfort in knowing how many lives Jim touched and that there are so many grieving with you and your family.

  • Jim DePree

    A good friend and fellow VN vet ‘brother’. A humble, lovable, and very kind man.

  • Kim Walley

    Dear Connie, Cassidy and family
    I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    Cassidy- you’ve shared so many fun stories about your dad over the years. You loved him unconditionally and always were proud to call him dad. You will cherish his love forever.
    Take good care of your beautiful and sweet mama. xoxo❤️

  • Lowell Bakke

    We were so sad to hear that Jim’s life has come to an end. Going althrough grade school, Jr and Sr. High together meant many bus rides, ball games, and other school activites that Diana and I shared with Jim as well as Barbara and Connie as well. We are thankful that Jim enjoyed his life, surrounded by family and friends, and activities that brought joy and happiness to his life. I will remember him most as a hard working and gifted basketball guard and a tough baseball catcher who always gave his all for those you played with him. Blessings on all of you who are adjusting to life without his daily smile and love. Lowell and Diana Bakke

  • Joyce and Al Sward

    Jim worked for my husband a long time ago at Al’s Chevron in Mount Vernon.
    This was before he was sent to Viet Nam. We loved his fun, fun ways and he became one of our favorites. Have missed knowing him all these years and are
    saddened knowing his personality is no longer with us. Our heartfelt thoughts go to all of his family. His obituary was well written about the young Jim we knew.