Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home
804 State Ave
Marysville, WA
James Kinder peacefully went to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ at his home in Stanwood on February 19, 2021.
He was born in Oakland, Calif., and in 1932 moved with his parents, Ira Owen and Charlotte Kinder to Marysville, Wash. He grew up in Marysville graduating from high school in 1950. In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and proudly served as a gunner's mate on board three U.S. aircraft carriers, the Antietam, Shangri-La and the Yorktown until his honorable discharge in 1956. He then moved to Arizona and worked in the copper mines. Before his retirement in 1994, he worked as a construction foreman for the City of Marysville Water & Sewer Department.
Jim loved spending time at home with his family, neighbors and friends, attending church and especially his men's bible study group. He also enjoyed Ballroom dancing with his wife and many friends at the Normanna Club in Everett. He was a people person and made everyone feel welcome and special.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary; sons, Gary Christenson (Narinder Kaur (Sami), and Larry Christenson; son-in-law, Dale Heckendorf (Kathy); grandsons, Daniel Heckendorf (Selina), Nathan Heckendorf; granddaughters, Megan Erickson (Ben), Libby Christenson, Claire Christenson, Dacia House (Cody), and Kaila Heckendorf; great-granddaughters, Zooey Erickson, Ariana Heckendorf, Adalynn Heckendorf, Finley Ruth House; and great-grandson Deklan Erickson; sisters-in-law, Lois White, Deloise Shutes, Darlene Aanderud; nieces, Valerie Grube (Rick) Trudy White, Kathy Savage (Dave); nephews, Dave Hoffman (Marian), Dan Hoffman (Sue), James Bowie (Marianne), Mike Bowie (Kelly), and families; Canadian cousins; Gaye Dierks and Annette
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bud Kinder (Grace); sisters Alice Bowie (Bob), Isabelle Hoffman; aunts, Nettie O'Connor, Alice Dierks (Win); and brother in-law, Bill White. Welcoming him in heaven is his precious daughter, Joni Heckendorf whom he missed and loved dearly. We thank God for the compassionate and loving care given to Jim by caregivers, family members, neighbors and friends. We especially want to thank Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County. In lieu of flowers memorials to Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County, 2731 Wetmore Ave, Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held at Stanwood Foursquare Church, 37007 90th Ave NW, Stanwood, WA. Burial at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Everett, WA. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, Marysville, WA.
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Published by Stanwood Camano News from Mar. 9 to Mar. 16, 2021.
Celebration of Life
Stanwood Foursquare Church
27007 90th Ave NW, Stanwood, WA
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Mary, Vic and I are so sorry to hear that Jim passed away. We love you and will hold you in our prayers always. Love Vic and Virginia.
Virginia Regan
June 4, 2021
I rarely look at this website .. But When I saw That Jim had passed away I just had to comment on what A kind, joyful & class act he was. Jim & Mary both always made a point to ask for me by name at Anthonys & ask how I was when they came in my restaurant. He made me laugh and had a way of making me feel special.
Mary and family I am so sorry for your loss..

Good Good people!!
Tami LaLone Lovell
March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Anytime I had run into Jim in the past he always wanted to talk abut the Marysville Tomahawks and I always enjoyed it
Fred Dockendorf Class of 1949
March 12, 2021
Mary & family... Dean & I are so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will feel the comfort of God's loving arms around you during your season of sorrow without Jim by your side. I know you will take comfort in knowing that Jim is now dancing on streets of gold, at the feet of Jesus, in his brand new heavenly body & that you will see him again one day. Thankfully there are a lot of great memories to savor... We loved Jim. He was larger than life. In the short time we knew him, he made it seem like we'd known him forever. He will be missed... We love you! Krys & Dean Rockwood
Krys Rockwood
March 12, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. And, I knew 40 plus years ago how important Jim was to you in your daily life.
Craig Johansen
Craig Johansen
March 10, 2021
To Mary Kinder , Gary and Larry Christenson, and their spouses, children, et al: Please accept my sincerest condolences on the recent passing of your husband and father, James Kinder. I met your father/ husband only one time. That was when the large house I had grown up in was being moved from 5th & Cedar to 2nd and Cedar. I was a little down that it was being moved , but your dad was decent enough to realize that and he reminded me that it was just being moved and not demolished. And that it would be repurposed for some other use. Which turned out to be the case. He was a good man and I know he will be sorely missed by you his family, and others.
Vince Turner-MHS, Class of 1972
March 9, 2021
Mary and family..we have so many fond memories of Jim. Always smiling . So special to Larry and Virginia and our family. Heavens gain that's for sure. May God wrap you all in his peace...our Condolences..Larry and DeeDee Gulle
DeeDee Gulle
March 8, 2021
Jim was a good neighbor and a good guy. He was a friendly sort of fellow and it seemed he had never met a stranger. Early in any conversation with Jim, you would find out how good God had been to him, how much he loved his family and how blessed he was to be married to Mary. Jim was an original and will be missed by all who knew him.
Sid Roberts
March 7, 2021
As a believer, I know you are comforted by the realization you will see Jim again but will miss him tremendously in this life. My prayers will be with you all. Even though I haven't seen you folk in many years I can still see and hear his smile and laugh. His eyes even smiled! May God hold you all in his hands during this time as your memories bring you comfort.
Sharron (Benefiel) White
March 7, 2021
Oh Mary and family I know how much you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Val Roth (Andersen)
March 7, 2021
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