James R. Winrich, 75, of Eau Claire passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Eau Claire.

James was born on April 15, 1948, to Elmer and Winifred (Garnet) Winrich in Eau Claire Wisconsin. He married the love of his life, Kristi Wathke on April 19, 1969, at Hope Lutheran Church.

With a general zeal for life, James was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and volunteering in the Flying Eagles Ski Club and was recently inducted to the Hall of Fame. James was a car racing enthusiast. As a veteran, he was a member of the American Legion, where he served on the honor guard. He also volunteered to drive other veterans to the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, where he logged hundreds of hours.

James is survived by his children, James C. Winrich of St. Paul, whom he admired deeply, and Chad Winrich of Eau Claire, who was his right-hand man and best friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and his wife, Kristi Winrich.

Family and friends may leave online condolences below.


  1. I remember Jim and Kris fondly. My brother Brian was a ring bearer in their wedding at our mutual church, Hope Lutheran. Your mom and dad were great people. I’m actually old enough to remember Elmer and Winnie too. Sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed.

  2. Chad and Jim, So sorry to read about your Dad. I knew him most of my life and we had fun as kids. Back then, ski jumping, riding motor bikes (home made) and paper routs was what it was all about. I enjoyed seeing and talking with him on work days at the hill and tournaments. As you know, he was a good man and will be missed.

  3. Jim and Chad
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember so many family reunions as a kid and as my only uncle I am deeply saddened to here of this loss. Jim will be missed by your cousins Scott and Gary V.

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