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.
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