James Earle Tostevin was born on June 28, 1938, in Mandan, and passed away Oct. 7, 2017.
Jim was the only son of Edwin D. and Sarah Esther (Gurtner) Tostevin. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Carleton College in Minnesota and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from The Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wis.
After graduation, Jim worked for Columbia Cellulose Corp. in British Columbia until moving to Shelton, Wash., to work for Rayonier Research Laboratory in 1969. Most of Jim’s years with Rayonier were as head of the Analytical Department until he and his wife retired. He was active in setting up the Mountain View Neighborhood Watch and served from 2005 to 2014 as a civil service commissioner.
A mountain climber, he climbed Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Pilchuk and Mt. Rainier among others in Canada, Glacier, Yellowstone and the Tetons.
A photographer, editor, proofreader and typesetter for the Mandan Daily Pioneer, a family-run newspaper, during his high school years, Jim also worked on his high school and college newspapers and yearbooks. At Rayonier, he was an associate editor of the R & D Chronicle.
Jim had a quirky sense of humor and enjoyed puns, the worse the better. He most enjoyed being the Talking Pumpkin in the Mountain View neighborhood. Halloween was always more fun than any other holiday, and for 50 years he entertained the kids.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia (Burke) Tostevin; son, Carl Tostevin, and his wife, Mickey McDonough; daughter, Lee Tostevin, and her husband, Jeremy Pankratz; grandchildren, Kayla Tostevin and Jamie Pankratz.
Per his wishes, there will be no formal service or celebration of life. If you wish to honor him, tell a dry joke or share a Jim story with friends.
Condolences may be sent at www.mccombwagner.com. (McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home, Shelton, Wash.)