June 2, 1932 ~ March 25, 2022 (age 89)


A Memorial Mass for James Ira “Jim” Hinton, 89, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming, with Father Lucas Kazimiro Simango as the Celebrant. A reception will follow at the Douglas Moose Lodge #602, 120 North Second Street. Jim donated his body to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery sometime next year. 

Jim, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle died Friday, March 25, 2022, at his home at Willowbrook Place Care Center in Littleton, Colorado. He was born Thursday, June 2, 1932, in Melrose Park, Illinois to Earle Lewis and Harriette Elizabeth (Church) Hinton.

After his service in the United States Air Force in Japan during the Korean War, Jim moved back to Iowa and attended Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. On June 8, 1957, he married Nancy Marie McCoy and they moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where he graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Civil Engineering. Although Jim’s extensive career took him to several states including Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana, Jim and his family considered Douglas, Wyoming home. Phillips Petroleum transferred Jim to Douglas in 1974. As one friend noted, when the Hinton station wagon pulled up on the first day of school, a door opened, and all these kids kept tumbling out.  Here, Jim and Nancy raised six children, all of whom graduated from Douglas High School and the University of Wyoming.

Jim was an active member of his Douglas community. He was a trustee on the Converse County School District #1 Board of Trustees, a Board Member of the Converse County Memorial Hospital, a member of and volunteer at the Moose Lodge, and a faithful parishioner of Saint James Catholic Church. Jim loved spending time with his family at Glendo Lake and on any golf course. He retired from Phillips Petroleum Company in 1997 after 38 years of service. Jim loved the Colorado Rockies and became a regular passenger on the Windsor bus to Coors Field; one time returning home with a foul ball and a souvenir bruise. Jim always loved a good prank and pulled a couple that will go down in Hinton family lore.  We will miss his mischievous smile.

In 2008, Jim and Nancy moved to Windsor, Colorado, to be closer to family. For several years they lived at Good Samaritan – Water Valley. After Nancy’s death in 2017 and his health in decline, he moved to Willowbrook Place in Littleton, Colorado, where he lived until his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, on February 24, 2017; parents, Earle on March 23, 1999 and Harriett on May 3, 1970; brother, Louis Hinton; sister, Carol Crowley; grandson, Robert Willis Ira “Bobby” Hinton on September 10, 2011, and great grandson Everett Kern.

Jim is survived by his brothers, Galen Hinton and Kevin (Kaye) Hinton; his sister, Sharon (Gary) Nosek; brother- and sister-in-law James and Kathleen McCoy; sister-in-law, Pat Hinton; four sons, Jim of Casper, Wyoming, Tony (Toni) of Haymarket, Virginia, Barry of Loveland, Colorado, and Mark (Barbara) of The Colony, Texas;  two daughters, Beth (Dave) Kern of Littleton, Colorado and Amy (Tony) Hilim of Windsor, Colorado; grandchildren, Michael, Chris (Miranda), Paige, Julia, Denra (Kory), Brie, Braeden, Garrett (Christine), Alyssa, Benjamin (Miranda), Christine (Chap), Daniel (Jessica), Melissa (Jeremy), Alexa (Robby), and Taylor; and great grandchildren, Damien, Braiden, Braxton, Zaiver, Zachary, Bailee, Tavin, Adonis, Raiden, Brody, Adelina, Elliana, Raegyn, Rylan, and Tatum.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the Cowboy Joe Club, 1000 East University Avenue, Department 3414, Laramie, Wyoming 82071, the Douglas Moose Lodge #602, P.O. Box 168, Douglas, Wyoming 82633, or the American Cancer Society. 

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

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Memorial Mass
May 7, 2022

10:00 AM
Saint James Catholic Church
302 South Fifth Street
Douglas, WY 82633

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