Feb. 13, 1972—July 29, 2019
James Monroe Penter Verhoeff, 47, of Sacramento, CA, passed away on July 29, 2019, following complications of heart surgery. He was born Feb. 13, 1972, in Anacortes, WA, the son of James L. and Linda (Penter) Verhoeff.
James spent his early years traveling with his mother and siblings, which included time spent in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, California and points south. During his freshman year, James moved in with Jan and Chris Stauffer, his aunt and uncle. He graduated from Rainier High School with his sister, Tammy, in 1991.
James had a winning personality and will be fondly remembered as one who always had a big smile and a joke to share. There was laughter wherever he was. He loved his friends and family with all of his heart, frequently won trivia contests and regularly sang karaoke – albeit rather poorly.
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James was preceded in death by his father James L. Verhoeff; brother Samuel Penter; grandparents R. Darlene Lane, Leonard C. Verhoeff, Samuel Penter, Sr., Edith Penter; and his uncle Chris Stauffer Sr.
James leaves behind his fiancé Jennifer Sidenberg, of Reno, NV. He is also survived by his mother Linda Penter, of Galveston, TX; his daughter Stephanie Penter; son Colten (Kana) Penter; and sister Tammy Walker, all of Kelso, WA; brother Nathan Joy, of Sacramento, CA; sister Megan (Ryan) Baer, of Severance, CO; and brother Thomas (Colette) Penter, of Galveston, TX; aunt Jan Stauffer, of Rainier, OR; aunt Linda Beller, of Anacortes, WA; uncle Cliff Verhoeff, of Everett, WA; cousins Sarah (Jim) Paquette, of Boyceville, WI; Kevin (Korri) Stauffer of Commerce City, CO; and Chris (Jing) Stauffer Jr., of Los Angeles, CA. Also, many nieces, nephews and other cousins.
A local celebration of his life will be set at a later date.