Following high school, Jim worked at a bank, and then like his father, began working for the railroad. In his early twenties, he relocated to California with the railroad, and eventually became a travel agent there for many years. He loved his work, which allowed him to travel all over the world. Many artifacts (which he cherished) were collected from his travels.
After retirement, Jim moved to Cedar City, Utah in 1990. He grew to love the scenery, culture and especially the people of this community who quickly became his friends. Often he could be seen driving throughout the city in his Porsche Carrera, and visiting his friends at local businesses. He never knew a stranger.
Jim loved life and had many interests. Trains and planes were a great passion, and over time he collected and displayed many models. He often spent time at the local airport watching the commuter arrive and depart. He also loved watching a variety of sports. Animals were important to Jim, and he possessed a special sense toward them. In the kitchen he was a wonderful cook and enjoyed sharing with others.
Jim is survived by nephews: Jerry Rouch of Jacksonville, FL; Ron Lind of Milpitas, CA, and David Lind of San Jose, CA; a niece, Gayle Moles of Andersonville, TN. Also surviving are adopted families, Chuck (Naoko) Purmal, and Roland (Julie) Williams, all of Cedar City, UT, along with their children and grandchildren.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held September 3, 2013, at 6:00 pm, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, (410 E. 1935 N). Cedar City, UT. Please note the date and time on your calendar.
Arrangements entrusted to the: SWINDLEHURST FUNERAL HOME. On line condolences may be sent to www.swindlehurstfuneralhome.com.