James O. Winchenbach

Dec 11, 2012
James O. Winchenbach

Chelsea — James Oliver Winchenbach, 87, of Chelsea, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 peacefully at Maine Veterans Home, Augusta, where he had resided for the past three years.

He was born in West Waldoboro on Oct. 17, 1925 to Alton G. and Nettie (McLain) Winchenbach.

Jim graduated from Waldoboro High School in the class of 1943. He joined the United States Navy on Sept. 23, 1943 and was honorably discharged on June 5, 1946 with the rank of Yeoman Third Class. He served in the amphibious forces where he received the Victory Medal and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon.

Jim worked as a carpenter most of his life and belonged to the local Union 1996 for 50 years. He worked on many buildings in the Augusta area, including the Muskie Federal Building from start to finish, as well as buildings in many other places.

Jim was a member of the Advent Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, and belonged to the Menahga Grange, Odd Fellows Lodge and American Legion Post 149 in Waldoboro.

On Sept. 1, 1953, Jim was married in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church to his loving wife, Sylvia Currier Winchenbach, of Mt. Vernon. They celebrated their 59th anniversary on Sept. 1, 2012.

Jim loved to hunt and fish and had many happy times doing so with his brothers-in-law Frank Currier and Bud Black. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was loved so much by his wife, his sons and their families.

Jim’s family would like to thank the caregivers at Maine Veterans Home on Units E & C for the love and compassion extended to him while residing in their care. He loved you all, considered you his friends, and appreciated how wonderful you all were to him.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Eugene Winchenbach, and his sister, Sadie Little.

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia C. Winchenbach; his two sons, James A. Winchenbach and his wife, Susan, of Milford and their three children, Jenny Leverknight, her husband Mike and their twins, Emma and Jacob, all of Nevada, and Brendon and Jared Winchenbach of Milford, and Allan C. Winchenbach Sr. of Sidney and his children, Allan Jr. and Melissa of Portland; Jim’s sister, Martha Boggs, and his cousin, Eleanor Smith, both of Waldoboro; along with several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit Friday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a committal service and interment with full military honors at German Cemetery on Route 32 (Bremen Road) in Waldoboro.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at khrfuneralhomes.com.

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