Jimmie D. Hinkle died July 3, 2003, after a short battle with cancer. He was 76.
Hinkle was born Oct. 13, 1926, in Oak Creek. He ranched in the South Routt valley with his family until they moved to Castle Rock in 1943. Hinkle graduated from Castle Rock High School.
He met Georgia Belle Newton of Parker in 1946, and the couple married Dec. 24, 1947.
Hinkle worked for the Coca-Cola Company in Denver as an advertising agent for 10 years.
In 1962, he moved back to Routt County with his family, where Hinkle helped his brother, Donald, on his Foidel Canyon ranch. A year later, Hinkle was hired by the Pittsburg and Midway Coal Mining Company at its Edna mine, outside of Oak Creek. He worked as a dragline operator for 30 years.
Hinkle retired and moved to Grand Junction in 1993.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Hattie Hinkle; a brother, Kenneth Hinkle of Greeley; and a sister, Marietta Haworth of Prescott, Ariz.
Hinkle is survived by his wife of 56 years, Georgia Hinkle; two daughters, Kathleen Whaley of Buena Vista and Carol Montoya of Oak Creek; two sons, Jimmie David Hinkle and Wayne Scott Hinkle of Denver; two brothers, Donald Hinkle of Yampa and Scott Hinkle of Merced, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.