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James Underwood

James R. Underwood passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2013, at the age of 78 in Sacramento, Calif.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the South Sacramento Moose Family Center, 8156 Florin Rd., Sacramento, Calif.

Jim was born on Nov. 24, 1934, in Waverly, Kan. At age of 3, Jim moved to Nevada City, Calif., with his family. He graduated from Nevada City High School in 1952.

After serving in the U.S. Marines and Air Force Reserve, Jim had a long career in law enforcement. In 1956, he started as a correctional officer at Folsom State Prison before joining the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1961. Jim retired as a lieutenant in 1989.

During his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling in his fifth wheel, listening to music, going to garage sales and spending time with his family and friends.

His sense of humor and kindness touched those who knew him and he will be sadly missed.

Jim is survived by his loving companion of eight years, Millie Beers; daughter, Lynn (Dennis) Tuttle of Grants Pass, Ore.; son, James (Supiah) Underwood of Kona, Hawaii; grandsons, Aaron and Ryan Tuttle and Craig and Alan Underwood; and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers Jack (Delores) and Ed (Pam) Underwood and many nieces and a nephew.

Jim is preceded in death by hiswife, Janice; parents, Doyle and Zora Underwood; and sister, Donna Zukowski.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95826 or LOOM #255, 8156 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95828.

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