Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 17, 2012
James Alden (Windy) Winchester

James Winchester Obit 4-17-12James Alden (Windy) Winchester passed away April 14 of natural causes at the age of 95. He was born on August 21, 1916 and is the second child of Rex James and Mary Jane Hill Winchester. He grew up in Salt Lake City where he graduated from Granite High School. Jim is an alumni of Utah State University where he played football all four years and was the starting guard on the 1936 Rocky Mountain Conference Championship team. During the summer of his school years he was one of the first employees at Jake Harmon’s fruit stand, now known as Harmon’s. Jim married Helen Coral Ausherman on May 31, 1940. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he worked his entire career for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Co. Jim and Helen were the parents of three children: Dale (Teri), Randy (Trudy) and Coral (Brent). They were also blessed with 14 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Jim was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings. He was the first president of the Tooele Kiwanis Club, and was also a charter member of the Tooele County Search and Rescue Unit where he served in various capacities including state and local Search and Rescue Commander. He made his last patrol in November 2011 at the age of 95. He was a devoted volunteer for the Senior Circle. Throughout his life he was the recipient of several awards including the Rex Huntsman Service Award and was selected as co-citizen of Tooele with Melvin Dunn. He was well known around his neighborhood, and throughout the city as a friend and man of service. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents and siblings. A viewing will be held April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tate Mortuary in Tooele and April 20 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Tooele 14th Ward building, 192 W. 200 S. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at the 14th Ward building. Interment will be at the Tooele City Cemetery. Jim’s family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care he received from the staff at Harmony Hospice, Mountain West Medical Center and Dr. Ronald Trudel.

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