James Thomas Hinz

Oct. 19, 1926 - April 7, 2007

James Thomas Hinz passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007, after a long struggle with diabetes and heart disease. Jim was born Oct. 19, 1926, to Harold and Gladys Hinz (nee Thomas). He lived his life in and around Waukesha.

Jimís sense of humor and twinkling blue eyes will be deeply missed. His survivors include his wife, Carol Hinz; their three children, Faith Skarda, Tami Hinz and Tom Hinz; and their four grandchildren, Sara and Travis Skarda and Miles and Cecilia Tisserand.

Jim will also be missed by a legion of friends. He kept a leather-bound address book that overflowed with carefully printed names, addresses and phone numbers. In his final months, that address book and his cell phone were constant companions.

Jim graduated from Waukesha High School, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University, and graduated from Carroll College. He was an enthusiastic participant in team sports at all three schools, and would later fondly recall his years playing college football and basketball. Sports remained a passion throughout his life: He enjoyed golfing, was a lifelong Badgers season ticket holder and was always ready to join in the next football pool.

Jim served in the Navy during World War II. Later, he worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, and was involved in numerous business and financial ventures throughout his life. In the 1960s, Jim also worked as a spotter for the Green Bay Packers, identifying players on the field and relaying their names to the teamís legendary announcer, Gary Knafelc.

His childrenís fondest memories include epic family vacations that Carol, a teacher, would design around themes such as the Bicentennial or the Civil War. With Jim behind the wheel, the family made its rounds across the country on annual learning adventures. In his later years, Jim enjoyed doting on his grandchildren, as well as on the latest in a long line of beloved family dogs.

A memorial service to celebrate Jimís life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Humphrey Memorial Chapel, 238 N. East Ave., on the campus of Carroll College in Waukesha.

Donations can be sent in Jimís name to the General Scholarship Fund at Carroll College, Carroll College Advancement Office, 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI, 53186. For more information, please contact Tami Hinz at (847) 864-5009.

The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers who helped Jim in his final days. The warmth and tenderness of the staff of AngelsGrace Hospice of Oconomowoc were a great comfort.

"I see the moon and the moon sees me, down through the limbs of the old oak tree. Please let the moon that shines on me, shine on the ones I love."