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James William Winn

November 17, 1937 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

James Winn Obituary

James William Winn, known as Jimmie Bill to close family, passed away after a long illness on Monday, November 13, 2023, at his home in Greens Fork, IN. He was 85 years old.

James was born on November 17, 1937, in Dunkirk, Indiana to Ivan C. Winn and Betty G. (Stanton) Winn. His family moved to the Los Angeles area where James attended Gompers Jr. High before returning to Indiana to live with his grandparents. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Deerfield, Indiana in 1954. During high school, James worked on his grandfather's farm and neighboring farms in the Deerfield area. After graduation, James worked in factory jobs in Indiana and California before deciding to enlist in the Air Force. He became a sentry dog handler and was stationed in Morocco at Ben Guerir Air Base. His was the first airman - dog team to score excellent in all training categories and was instrumental in demonstrating to the American public how dogs could be trained for a variety of jobs including police, rescue, and service work.

When James completed his military service, he moved to Richmond and worked for several different financial institutions. He became the Finance and Insurance Director for Tom Raper for many years. After retirement, he got his real estate license and did some consulting work in Indiana and the Midwest. James was a lifelong learner who attended both Ball State and Indiana University in addition to taking courses in banking, finance, insurance, and real estate. He loved to learn and to research different topics. He enjoyed participating in and teaching martial arts. He earned a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Genealogy was a fascinating study for James. He was overjoyed when he found the first Winn to come to America from Europe in the 1600's. He enjoyed the process of research and discovery so much that he published his family tree on for everyone to see and enjoy. James returned to dog training, the work he loved the most, when he retired. Clients were amazed at how he could communicate with their dogs, and he developed many close relationships with his students.

James is survived by Nancy Winn, his wife of 36 years of Greens Fork, Indiana; three children: Wendy Oberle, Stacey Winn, and Wes Winn; five grandchildren: Christina Oberle, Joseph Oberle, Brooke Wilson, Emma Wilson, and CJ Sharp. James is also survived by siblings: Don C. Winn, Janet E. Solano, Eddie Mesorano, Dean Winn, Carolyn Winn, Cindy Winn, Dan Winn, Terry Winn, Debbie (Winn) Gipe. Joyce (Winn) Julian, and Jacob Winn. In addition, James is survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A time to celebrate Jim’s life will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday December 2nd, 2023, at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin.

Donations may be made in James’ name to:

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

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Celebration of Life
December 2, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin
1993 Cumberland Street
Dublin, IN 47335


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American Diabetes Assoc.
P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield VA 22116-7023

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 681405, Indianapolis IN 46268-1405
Tel: 1-800-227-2345


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