August 30, 1932 ~ July 6, 2018

Born in: Owensboro, Kentucky
Resided in: Lone Tree, Colorado

James “Jim” Bernard Wink, 85, of Lone Tree, CO, passed away July 6, 2018 at Porter Hospice in God’s hands. Jim was born August 30, 1932 in Owensboro, Kentucky to Edward Theobold Wink and Frieda “Augusta” Bertke Wink. Jim was an apprentice to his dad who built houses (including the Jim’s childhood home) and became a master carpenter, building beautiful furniture and other household items. A beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and uncle, Jim was happiest when surrounded by family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jane, of Lone Tree, CO; daughters: Kathleen Wink of Littleton, CO, Karen Wink of Mystic, CT, and Paula Brucker of NY, NY; grandchildren Cameron, Donovan, Lily, and Jake of NY, NY; sister Antoinette (the late Ray) Ebelhar of Owensboro, KY; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Margaret Wink Hermann (Thomas), Erma Jean Wink Thielen (Frank), and Doris Ann Wink Everly–all of Owensboro, KY.

Jim served in the Air Force during the Korean War as Airman First Class, and later attended University of Dayton on the G.I. Bill. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. at U.D. He worked most of his successful and fulfilling career at General Electric and later at “Wink & Associates,” as his own boss consulting with several electrical companies. Jim and Jane called Mentor, Ohio their home for 30 wonderful years. They lived there 30 years to the month of June. After that time, they moved to Lone Tree, Colorado to be closer to family and grandchildren.

The stock market will miss its devoted player; the Wall Street Journal, its reader; Sudoku puzzles, their thinker, golf courses, their sweet swinger; and crime mysteries, their solver. A legendary “DIY” handyman, Jim never met a broken home project he could not repair. He took special care to help many family and friends–and wanted no credit in return. He enjoyed time with friends–hosting neighborhood picnics and attending reunions (at his 50th high-school one, his classmates bestowed the “Least Changed Physically” award on him). Mostly, he loved stories–making them, telling them, and listening to them. May he do all three in heaven while drinking his favorite Kentucky Bourbon.

A Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8035 S Quebec St, Englewood, CO 80112. A Pavilion Service with military honors will follow at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 2:15pm.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Porter Hospice at the Johnson Center, 5020 E. Arapahoe Rd. Centennial, CO, 80122.


Funeral Mass: July 18, 2018 11:00 am

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 S. Quebec St
Englewood, CO 80112

Reception: July 18, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 S. Quebec St
Englewood, CO 80112

Graveside Service: July 18, 2018 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80236

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  1. Dear Wink Family,
    May your memories and stories of this special man bring you comfort and joy today—and always.
    Warmest of wishes,
    Mariette, Anderson, and Oakland

  2. Have many fond memories of Mr. Wink including the awesome fort house he made in his backyard for the neighborhood girls.

  3. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We had no idea he was that ill. I was called to work at the Padre for a funeral on Wed but had no idea it was for Jim’s funeral. Big shock when we learned it was for Jim. So sorry, Jane. And to all your family.

  4. Dear Janie and Family, Oh, so many joyful memories of this wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather. We go back 60 years and Janie as my roommate at U D. When she met Jim, that was it! He was the one and always has been. We all loved him and know that he has his eternal reward now where he is. May God hold him in the palm of His hand. Kevin

  5. Remembering all the wonderful times we had together over the years…..parties in the neighborhood, trips to many places like State parks, Kentucky, Maine, etc.., and being family to one another when there was a need since we had no close relatives nearby. A truly wonderful friend! God bless you and may you Rest In Peace.

  6. That obituary brought your Dad to life for this reader, Karen. May his memory forever endure as a blessing to you, your Mom, your sisters, and the rest of the family. Love, Faye

  7. Dear Janie and Family: As you know, your Jim was my faithful friend for 60+ years – from teaching me to water ski in Owensboro, to sending golf balls from Cleveland, to cheering on the Flyers in Dayton, to making a special wine rack for me in Denver. He was my Mr. Fix It, personal advisor, and sports buddy and I will miss his sweet smile. Because Jim was so genuine, generous , kind, compassionate, understanding and sincere, he surely is one of God’s favorites and will be rewarded in heaven as the true Christian that he exemplified so well. Rest in peace, dear friend. Blessings, prayers and love to the family.

  8. Dear Jane and family, my prayers are with you. I have some many wonderful memories of our time as friends and neighbors. My best, Love Pat

  9. I was in the golf buddies foursome when Jim go a hole-in-one on hole # 8 at the Littleton Golf Course. Jim was a caring and compassionate person. I always looked forward to golfing with him. We will all miss him deeply. My prayers go out to all the family. I am sorry I will miss his Memorial Service, we will in Europe at that time.

    Ken Pinkham

  10. My heart is with you all at this difficult time. Even though miles separate us, I am right there with you.

  11. I have missed Jim’s good nature and sweet golf swing. As one of his golfing buddies, I can only say, he was a true gentleman and a very fine man. May he rest in peace!

  12. Sorry to hear of Jims passing. We were friends at Country Creek for many years. We will miss him greatly. What a fine person.

  13. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. When I think of Jim, and Jane, it brings a warm smile inside and out. Jim always reminded me of granddaddy, they were both quiet and gentle, and I loved that about them. Jane you will be in my prayers. Love you.

  14. Jim was one of those guys you wanted to be paired with when you got to the course you knew you would here some great stories. I will miss him on the golf course. My heart goes out to the family. He will be missed.

  15. My family will be out of town but please know that our hearts and prayers will be with the Wink family. Jim was a wonderful human being and a with a very special appreciation for his fellow man and woman.

  16. Dear Jane & Girls,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you on the passing of your dear Jim. So may wonderful memories we will forever cherish. Jim was a kind & caring person and so witty. We were fortunate & blessed to be his friend & neighbor for the thirty years Jim, Jane & family lived in Mentor, Oh. Just one of the many memories we shall never forget, the fun we enjoyed with Jim on the many annual fishing trips to various places. He will never be forgotten.
    May God hold Jim in the palm of His Hand. May he rest in peace with no more pain or suffering.
    Be assured, that Jim will be in our thoughts & prayers.

  17. Mrs. Wink, Kathleen, Karen, Paula and family – I am so sorry for your loss. Such wonderful memories of our days on Grant Steeet! Mr.Wink was a gentleman and a very kind man. I also remember him as always being the “go to Mr. Fix-it” for all things in the neighborhood. May he Rest In Peace and May you hold all your special memories dear to your heart. He will live on in all of you. Lovingly thinking of you during this very difficult time!

    In sympathy, Kim Trimmer Carbone

  18. Jane, Paula, Karen, and Kathleen,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you and bring you comfort at this difficult time and may warm memories be with you to ease the pain.

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