Life is short and the world is wide. James Edward Kinslow knew this and spent all the days of his life embracing the magic and majesty around him. Born during the Golden Age on June 30, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, he was welcomed into the world by Arthor and Cassie Kinslow. Upon turning eighteen, James entered into service with the United States Navy. To say he loved it would be putting it mildly. The Navy combined two of his absolute favorite things, being of service and diving into adventure. James saw both Korea and Vietnam, became part of the aircrew (and later flight engineer) for C-118s, and flew C-1s in support runs between DaNang and US aircraft carriers. Three years after entering the service he married and over time they had five children. The Portland area was home, while he was stateside, and the family lived on a small farm, laughing, working hard, and enjoying their slice of the American dream. Later, years after that marriage ended and another began, James discovered he had another daughter. He spent the years prior to his death reveling in the privilege of getting to know her. In 1980 he married the love of his life, Judith Weigel, and together they spent 41 beautiful years wrapped up in love. Together they traveled by car, boat, plane, and motorcycle. Life is short, the world is wide, and they made sure to have a full tank of gas. In 1991 James fully retired from the Navy, which had seen him through active duty and the Reserves, ending his illustrious career as a Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman. Retirement did nothing to slow him down, however. The love of just getting in the car and going, exploring new places, and being caught up in adventure kept him active. James and Judy traveled across the United States in their motorhome, a pair of dogs in tow, and saw many splendid things. James loved walking along the beach with his dog Roper, knowing the relaxing outing would always end with a warm smile from Judy when they returned. Most often he and his beloved wife would walk the shore together, their toes lightly kissed by the waves, and the moment blissful and perfect. On February 27, 2021 James went on his last great adventure. He was at home, surrounded by family, and unafraid to go into the great unknown. Perhaps he goes to see those who died before him, his parents Arthor Kinslow and Cassie Cole; brother William Kinslow; and sons James A. Kinslow and Jack L. Kinslow. Perhaps they have been waiting for him. His warmth, generosity, and playful spirit will be greatly missed.
Those who remain to love James all the days of their lives are his beautiful wife Judy; his daughters Carol Swanson (Michael), Teresa Pattenaude (Victor), Pamela Allard (Steve), and Susan Aulik (David); as well as several amazing grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. In recognition of his service to our country James will be privately inurned at Tahoma National Cemetery.
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