Jim Classen 1927-2010 Our Very Good Friend !!!!!
Jim, a well-known automotive machinist and mechanic, died peacefully Thursday, March 11, 2010 at his home in Portland, Oregon surrounded by his family. He was 83.A native Oregonian, Jim was born February 17, 1927 to Gerhard and Mary Classen, and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. Jim married Betty Schell, April 24, 1949 and together they had five children: Dennis, Randy, Jim, Cindy and Sherri.
After retiring from West Bearing, Jim continued his love for fine machines and spent his retired years pursuing his passion for restoring antique cars. His 1936 Packard won many awards including 1990 Sweepstakes, and 1991 feature car at the Concours d’Elegance in Forest Grove. Jim’s expertise at restoring antique engines was in great demand among car enthusiasts. Jim proudly transported three of his children and one of his grandchildren to their weddings in his Packard