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James Suesens
Dec. 12, 1944 Jan. 18, 2011
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James Suesens, 66, of Brookings, died on Jan. 18, 2011, while visiting his sister in Yuma, Arizona. He was born on Dec. 12, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington, to Edna and John Suesens. Jim graduated from Manteca High School in 1964.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as a bus driver for Greyhound Bus Lines. He eventually went to work for McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. After Jim retired in 1993 he moved to Brookings.

Jim was considered to be very witty and a joker. He was artistic and his bizarre sense of humor led to many strange hobbies, such as the creation of the “Brookings snapping clam,” and other unique creatures. He enjoyed spending his days fishing with all of his “fishing buddies,” and loved living in Brookings.

Survivors include daughters, Kimberly Suesens of Barstow, Calif.; Kelly Suesens of Modesto; Jennifer Valente of Everett, Washington; sister, Sandra Lehman of Yuma; brother, John Suesens of Yuma; also surviving are nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Denny and Donny Suesens.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011