James Victor Winterbourne, 80 of Jackpot, Nevada and Twin Falls, Idaho passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer.
James was born February 15th, 1939 in Santa Ana, California to Frank and Daisy Winterbourne. He married the love of his life Patricia Ann Groogan, on June 25th, 1978 and soon after moved to Bellevue, Idaho. That was where he made an amazing life for his family. He held many jobs at first, one of his favorites was working at the Texaco station in Ketchum, Idaho where he was befriended by Clint Eastwood. Jim worked on the set of "Pale Rider" when it was being filmed north of town. He was an amazing cook at Colonel’s Restaurant in Ketchum and the Western Café. He also managed the kitchen at Mountain Sun Lanes Bowling Alley and then the Silver Dollar Bar and Restaurant in Bellevue for many years. This is where so many lifelong friends and memories were made.
James was a volunteer fireman for the Bellevue fire department and a deputy for the Bellevue Marshal’s office with his best friend Pat Patrick. He later moved to Florida with wife Patti to be closer to her parents in their later years. James began working for Walmart while in Florida and later transferred back to Jerome, Idaho to be closer to his daughter, Missie and family. A few years later he transferred to Las Vegas for milder weather. In 2013 Jim retired from Walmart as a manager. They bought a fifth-wheel trailer and a new truck and set out on an adventure of travel. He enjoyed meeting new people and even though he was "retired" he continued to work at RV parks on their trek across the country. His last work adventure for the past year was as a security guard for Barton’s Club 93 in Jackpot, Nevada. He made many friends there and loved the job.
James is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia (Patti) Winterbourne; daughter, Kathy (Brad) Russo of Costa Mesa, California; daughter, Patty Farren of Anaheim, California; daughter, Missie (Jeff) Malina of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandchildren, Steve (Wendy) Russo of Costa Mesa, Nicole (Matt) Bradshaw of Mission Viejo, California, Brody Trout of Eagle Pass, Texas, Harley (Will) Keeter of Kimberly Idaho, and four great-grandchildren, Liam Keeter, Charlotte, Bradley, and Robert Russo.
At his request there will be no service.
We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, Dr. Aaron Brown, Dr. Jarom Lamb, and the entire team at the Mountain States Tumor Institute. There are no words to convey our appreciation to Hospice Visions who stepped in and took over the "hard" stuff when it was time. We are forever grateful to you all.
Cremation is under the care of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, 502 2nd Ave. N, Twin Falls, ID. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.