James R. Iverson, Langley, died Dec. 19, 2002, at Whidbey General Hospital.
He served in World War II and received two Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star for valor.
He was an avid orchid grower and a recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit from the World Orchid Association of London for the development of the first red orchid.
Despite his blindness, he enjoyed walking on the streets of Langley with his friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Langley. Refreshments will follow.