September 5, 1927 — December 1, 2017

James N. Corliss, 90, of Corvallis, died peacefully, Friday, December 1 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany.

He was born September 5, 1927 in Beach, North Dakota to Newel and Meda (Knudtson) Corliss.

Jim married the love of his life, Beverly Pryor, in Eugene in 1948.

Jim was owner operator of Benton Tractor Company and later on finished a career at Hewlett-Packard, where he served as a diesel mechanic at the Corvallis plant until his retirement.

In retirement, Jim kept busy repairing Allis-Chalmer model G tractors, outfitting them with diesel conversion motors, a process he invented.

Jim was a member of the Corvallis Elks Lodge.

He loved Steelhead and salmon fishing, gambling at the casino and card parties with the family, but most of all, he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James was always raring to go and was often out in the car waiting (patiently) for his passengers to come.

He is survived by his children, Larry Corliss (Sandy), Steven Corliss, Karal Holladay (Bill), Konnie Berger (Craig); and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Bev; son James H. Corliss; and four brothers.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 9 at McHenry Funeral Home.

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