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Obituary: James D. "Jim" Wininger, Columbus

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James D. "Jim" Wininger, 80, of 17th Street, died at 4:18 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Jim served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955, during the Korean Conflict. After the Navy, he moved to Louisville, KY, where he worked for Ford Motor Company for a short time. He moved to Columbus in 1960 and had been employed at Arvin, Vernco, Reed and Jewell Funeral Home, Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, Athens Ambulance Service and Columbus Regional Hospital. He also held a volunteer position at Love Chapel.

Jim gave his time to many organizations including coaching Little League, Senior League and Midget League from 1966 to 1973. He collected 178 gallons of pop tabs for Riley Hospital for Children and Ronald McDonald Houses in Indianapolis and Louisville, raised money for an MS walk in Florida in honor of his granddaughter, and volunteered EMT services at the Indianapolis 500 race track from 1977 to 1981.

He also raised over $4,000 for the Light the Night Walk for his grandson in Florida by collecting used golf balls that he would fish out of water on golf courses, cleaning them up and selling them in his front yard.

Jim walked competitively for eight years and then began walking for various charities, including March of Dimes, Hospice and the Cancer Society, to help raise donations.

He was 3rd District City Councilman from 1977 to 1990, President Pro Tem of Columbus City Council in 1984 and Bartholomew County Councilman from 1990 to 1994.

He had been a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Columbus for over 38 years and had served on the church board, the bus-van ministry, the men’s ministry and in the choir.

Jim’s hobbies included his work, walking, going to horse tracks, fishing, watching IU basketball and other sports on TV and making cancer blankets to give away. He also enjoyed his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and driving his red truck.

Funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Bryan Solomon officiating. Calling will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

For friends and family wishing to make memorial donations, the following organizations were dear to Jim's heart: Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center and First Church of the Nazarene Youth and Children's Ministry.

Born in Clark County April 19, 1933, Jim was the son of Clyde Wininger and Bessie E. Moser Wininger. He married Mildred J. Shanks Feb. 27, 1970. She preceded him in death Aug. 23, 2007.

He is survived by stepsons, Richard D. (Kay) Shanks of Columbus, IN, and Randall D. (Pamela) Shanks of Stuart, FL; brothers, Melvin R. Wininger and William E. Wininger; sisters, Jean Robbins, Wilma Mundev and Val Arnett; grandchildren, Timothy (Jill) Shanks, Jennifer (James) Laymon, and Lynsie (Robert) Guest; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kalen and Connor Laymon, Joshua, Emilie Ann and Sarah Jane Guest, and Haley Hazard.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brothers, Clyde E., Claude H., Alfred S. and Robert L. Wininger; and a sister, Ethel M. Hawk.

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