James Allen VanWinkle

Date of birth: April 6 1947

Date of death: November 19 2019

James Allen Van Winkle passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, on November 19th 2019. Jim was born In Portales, New Mexico on April 6, 1947 to Albert Pike and Sybil Van Winkle. Jim was the baby of 14 children. He grew up in Portales New Mexico, graduating from Portales High School in 1966. Many knew him in those days for his shenanigans and shining moments on the football field. Jim’s love of the grocery business started at the age of 15 stocking shelves and delivering groceries at Hometown Foods and Grady’s in Portales. In 1983 he and two of his brothers Al and Fred Van Winkle, became business partners eventually owning several Van Winkles IGA Grocery stores throughout New Mexico. Jim retired from the grocery business in November of 1997.

After retiring, Jim and his wife Darlene moved full time to Ruidoso, New Mexico. They enjoyed many hobbies such as traveling, remodeling homes for resale, wood working and adventuring in their RV. Jim also loved spending time with family and friends whenever possible.

Jim married Sharon Jones in 1968 and had two children, Russ and Holly. In 1994 he married Darlene Stockard and received the gift of her two children, Tonya and Tyson. From here their family was further blessed with a total of six grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife Darlene Van Winkle, his son Russ Van Winkle and children Zane and Grant, daughter Holly Tate and husband Brian and children Jaren, Tesa, Brandon and Brittany, daughter Tonya Hale and husband Larry and children Isaac and Jessi and husband Mason. He is also survived by his brothers Pete and Bill Van Winkle and sisters Helen Hester and Cookie McGee, as well as many other loved family members, nieces nephews and dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Pike and Sybil, son Tyson Stockard, first wife Sharon, brothers Rip, Al, Buck and Fred Van Winkle. Sisters Vera Arnold, Wanda Hankins, Joanne Ussery, Janice Turner and Joy Magaha. There will be an informal celebration of his life on Saturday Dec 14th, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Cree Meadows Golf Course in Ruidoso NM. A time to gather with family and friends and share memories of our dearly loved Papa, Dad, Husband and cherished friend.

8 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Jessie Parks & Ben Chambers We are so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful & caring person. He will be missed by everyone

Candle lit by Bill & Serena Hendryx Our beloved friend, gone too soon.

Candle lit by Mark and Lisa Runyan Rest In Peace Uncle Jim You and Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

Candle lit by Terry Daignault He was a wonderful man and I am honored to have had the chance to know him. May he Rest In Peace and May you all find comfort in your memories of him and in each other at this difficult time.

Candle lit by Fern Stockard Condolences to all your family, love to all with much sympathy.

Candle lit by Bennie and Carol Peterson God bless his friends and family!

Candle lit by Janis Lewis What an awesome man! He will be missed!