Jim died at his home in the early hours of March 17, 2013. He was born on January 12, 1918, in Columbia, Illinois, to Edna and Philip Weinel. Following high school, Jim attended Rubicam Business School after which he worked for Wheeling Steel Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, until World War II
Jim was called up to serve in the U.S. Army in an early draft. He was always proud to be what Jim called a "dogface" in the Army, although he was trained as a paratrooper and served with bravery in the battles to reclaim the Philippine Islands. After recovering from a severe battle injury, Jim graduated from the University of Illinois
, and later earned his Master's Degree from Arizona State, as well as his CPA. Jim worked for Ralston Purina, being assigned to positions in St. Louis, Missouri, Amarillo, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona and lastly, California.
It was in California that Jim's passion for hiking, backpacking trips and climbing his beloved Sierra Nevada Mountains became central to his life. Jim lived out his passion and love for our natural world through countless hours of volunteer service with and in support of many organizations, most especially the Boy Scouts, the Sierra Club, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, hiking with friends and other local groups. The essence of Jim's life may be summed up by the love and respect he had for all aspects of our natural world, and the deep regard Jim held for those who shared this passion with him.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Admiral (Ret.) John and Annabel Weinel and Art and Ruth Weinel. He is survived by his sister, Edna Dell Weinel; four nieces; and one nephew.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 5, 2013, at 11am in the Chapel of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, 17010 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA 92128.