James A. Pehrkon

james pehrkon
James A. Pehrkon


(Age 63)

of Great Falls, VA passed on Tuesday June 22, 2010. Beloved husband of 40 years of Elena Pehrkon; devoted father of Stephen (Michele) Pehrkon and the late Kate Pehrkon; loving brother of Nancy Roane; adored grandfather of Reid, Paige, and Kate Pehrkon; also survived by 3 nieces Carol Drummond, Barbara Drolet, and Nannette Poole.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed working with Jim at the FEC. He was an wonderful mentor to me and a good friend. My sympathies to your family.

  2. I have known Jim and Elena since the ’60s when Jim and I were classmates in Seoul, Korea. We kept in touch through various class reunions. I will always, always remember him as a friend and a genuinely wonderful man. I was heartbroken to hear of his passing and will always cherish the memories of our high school years.

  3. Elena- I am so terribly sad to hear of Jim’s passing. From the time we met in Seoul in 1959 I have regarded Jim as one of the “good guys”.I will sorely miss him and all the fond memories we all had in Korea.My very best to you Elena- I will have you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. On behalf of Keith, Joe, and all the other SAHS 60’s brats, we are truly sadden to learn of Jim’s passing. He was a school leader we looked up to, and later, a very funny guy just enjoying himself at our reunions. His causal manner and easy laugh will be missed by us. God bless, and much love, Sally Harris, Rep. SAHS 60’s Brats

  5. My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jim. I remember him fondly. Marsha Cunningham Telford, Class of ’65

  6. Elena and Stephen, I was so shocked and saddened to read of your loss. I have thought of all of you often over the last several decades, and remember our friendship and good times with fondness. On behalf of Rick, Alyson and Mike, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  7. My deepest sympathies with you in your loss. I remember Jim fondly. We will remember him and lift you all up in prayer in our services tomorrow. (The Rev.) Arthur “Randy” Lee St. David’s Episcopal Church Englewood, FL SAHS ’62

  8. I am so sorry about the loss of Jim. He was a great guy and liked by everyone at SAHS. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  9. My wonderful memories of Korea are full of Jim’s ever smiling face. He was a great guy. I am glad I had a chance to be with him and Elena a few times in the years since. My heart goes out to her, their son and grandchildren.

  10. Dear Elena and family–I am stunned and terribly saddened to read of Jim’s death. He was one of my favorites, and it is totally rotten he’s gone too soon. It is hard to get my head around it, though I know he’d had a rough year health-wise. I’m in Maine for the summer and will miss the service. I’ll see you in the fall. Stay strong, my dear. Prayers, Sheridan

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I was a teacher at Seoul American High School ’63-’97 and have kept closely involved with the Alumni Group. Jim – RIP

  12. Dear Elena, My brothers, Bob and Tim and I were suprised and saddened at the loss of Jim. We all have wonderful memories of playing baseball with Jim, and his dad as our coach. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Dear Elena and Family, Tony and I are so sorry that Jim has passed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Patti and Tony Carlson

  14. Dear Elena, I was deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s death. He was a wonderful colleague and friend at the FEC. I will always remember the way his face lit up whenever he spoke of you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  16. Elena, I am truly at a loss for words, having just heard about Jim. I know you are devastated and you must know there are many, many others who share your sorrow. Jim has always been in my heart all these years as he and I both attended all four years at SAHS together. He was a young gentleman then and he grew up to be a beautiful human being. I know that I will never forget the first boy I ever loved — yes, the truth is out — and my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family in this hour of need. I would be honored if you would count me among your many friends and know that I will always be available should you ever need someone to talk to. I know no amount or combination of words can take away your pain, Elena, but I know you will have 40 years’ worth of beautiful memories to help you. He is going to be sorely missed. God bless you.

  17. I was deeply saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. As a classmate of Jim’s in Seoul I have many vivid memories of him and his humor, warmth and friendship. He was a very special friend and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Elena and the family. Peace!

  18. Dear Elena: Jim was such a very lovely man. Even as a boy he had grace. I’d like to thank you for giving him 40+ years of true happiness and love, along with a family he adored. His passing is more than devastation, but I know he has left you with many wonderful memories which will give you comfort in the time ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. Dear family, do not weep for he is not gone. He resides forever in your heart. Rejoice with the memories of the times that were spent together. I truly enjoyed working with him at the FEC. He was always there for me. My heart is saddened at this loss.

  20. Saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. I remember many a late night adventure in and around Yongsan. Jim was one of the more memorable characters from those years. I’m glad I knew him.

  21. Dear Elena: I can’t express the deep sadness we felt at hearing about Jim. He was such a special person and meant so much to so many. Jim was a special friend to me in Korea and Eddye and I have both considered you and Jim as special friends in recent years. I will always remember that a couple of days after I returned to Fort Worth from Korea, the first welcome back greeting from a SAHS friend was a letter from Jim at Harvard. That’s typical of the caring, thoughtful, special person Jim was. It is my honor to have known Jim. There are so many words that could describe Jim, but if you look-up superlative in the dictionary you will see a picture of James Austin with his trademark smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Pehrkons, and may God bless and keep Kate and Jim.

  22. I was shocked to hear of Jim’s death and send my condolences to the family. Jim and I were classmates at Seoul American High School for several years.

  23. I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. He and I were friends at the FEC when I represented the House of Representatives on the Commission. He was a very fine person and he will be missed. the best to his family.

  24. I was shocked to read of Jim’s passing. As a SAHS student 1960-1962 Jim and I overlapped for some time. I was delighted to see his picture among those of the Class of the ’60’s reunion in Las Vegas which I sadly could not attemd. My most sincere condolences to all of his family, relatives, and friends. Jim Schindler

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