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In Memory of James Wynveen

James ‘Jim’ Wynveen age 80 of Fresno, California, formerly of Baldwin died June 24, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fresno. Jim was born on September 25, 1939 in Baldwin; the son of George and Esther (Simmelink) Wynveen. He attended Lincoln Elementary prior to graduating from Baldwin High School. Following this, he enlisted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Air Force. Jim worked as an underwriter in the insurance industry. He worked many years for the Fireman’s Fund and Industrial Insurance Company. Jim worked as a volunteer shuttle driver for Kaiser Hospital. It was here, he would meet the love of his life, Barbara Gaughan, another volunteer at the hospital. In 2016, they were united in marriage and  made Fresno their home.  Jim was a devout Green Bay Packer fan and thoroughly enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee every morning. His faith also played a strong role in his life and was the foundation from how he lived his life.

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara; son Chris (Misty) Wynveen and their children Hannah, Megan, Blake; Daughter Jennifer Wynveen; siblings David (Rosalind) Wynveen from Menomonie, Mick (Joyce) Wynveen from Baldwin, sister Georgia (Willie) Mrosla from Minneapolis, MN, sister-in-law Sharon Wynveen from Woodville, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Joey, brothers  John and Stanley, nieces Deb Turner, Pam DeLong, and Jodi Wynveen.

Private Funeral service for Jim are at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Burial with full military honors will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

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    • I’ve been Jim’s next door neighbor for 21 years. He was the best neighbor ever. Anytime I needed anything he was always there. 17 years ago when I tore my acl in my knee and had surgery, he mowed my lawn for months. I never asked him to do this he just did it on his own to help me out. I will really miss standing in the front yard and visiting with him. He wasn’t only a neighbor but a good friend.
      He will be greatly missed.
      Rest In Peace Jim. You always worked very hard. You deserve some rest.


    • I will miss you forever, and remember the good times,

      Remember Me
      © Anthony Dowson
      Speak of me as you have always done.
      Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.

      Share the happy memories we’ve made.
      Do not let them wither or fade.

      I’ll be with you in the summer’s sun
      And when the winter’s chill has come.

      I’ll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
      I’m peaceful now, put your mind at ease.

      I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
      But memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.

      Sometimes our final days may be a test,
      But remember me when I was at my best.

      Although things may not be the same,
      Don’t be afraid to use my name.

      Let your sorrow last for just a while.
      Comfort each other and try to smile.

      I’ve lived a life filled with joy and fun.
      Live on now, make me proud of what you’ll become.