James Lawrence Rynning, 92, passed away on February 17, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jim was born on February 26, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Sam and Marie (Niederkorn) Rynning. After receiving his diploma from Duluth Central High School in 1938, Jim graduated from Duluth Junior College in 1940. In 1942 he enrolled in the Army Air Force which included serving during World War II. On October 9, 1943, Jim married his beloved wife Helen Dee Jackson in Monroe, Louisiana. After discharge from the Army Air Force in 1945, Jim attended the University of Minnesota obtaining his degree in Electrical Engineering. While serving in the United States Air Force from 1948-1974, Jim Received his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Southern California. He retired from the Air Force in 1974. Jim was a lifetime student and enjoyed learning and expanding his knowledge and education. He also attended classes at UC in Boulder, Colorado and then at UCCS. He supported Curiosity Unlimited, the YMCA, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra and the Theatrework at UCCS. Jim is survived by two sons, Irv Rynning of Colorado Springs and Jim Rynning of California; one daughter, Margaret Everson of Florida as well as three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen Dee in 2005; one brother, Paul and one sister, Joyce. Private interment will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CU Foundation/Curiosity Unlimited, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 or made online at www.cufund.org/curiosity. Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com
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Published in The Gazette from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3, 2013