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James William Junker (1953 - 2014)

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Junker, James William
Jim, 60, of Phoenix, went to meet his heavenly Father on April 12, 2014, passing away after a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by parents William H. and Ruth A. Junker of Phoenix. Jim was born Nov. 30, 1953 in Portage Lakes, Ohio, and attended St. Vincent High School, Akron, before moving to Phoenix in 1970. He leaves his beloved wife, Grace Yeom Junker, four children, William (Therese) of Minneapolis, Naomi (Mark) Villanueva and Laura of Phoenix, and Andrew (Sarah) of Ann Arbor, MI, and seven grandchildren. Jim was a devoted stepfather to Aurora Pittario (Scott Lee), Phoenix, and SPC John Pittario, U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He also is survived by sisters Jane Donohue, Jennifer Cockrum, Mary Anne Johnson, Gloria Brintnall and brothers John, Joseph and Peter. A graduate of Arizona State University and ASU Law School, Jim practiced law as a trial lawyer in Arizona since 1979. Jim was a gifted amateur musician, playing the drums and singing with friends and family throughout his life and entertaining the patrons at Wild Bill's Saloon. His kindness and generosity earned him many loyal friends. Jim's family is grateful to all of them, especially Rick Kufner, who loyally supported Jim and Grace during Jim's illness. A memorial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Green Acres Mortuary Chapel, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Donations may be made on Jim's behalf to , Tempe, AZ.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 15, 2014
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