James “Jim” Aaron Conwill, 71, passed away peacefully Friday, November 7, 2014, at his home in Redding, California.
He was born to the late Dorothy and James Morgan Conwill on January 8, 1943, in Dunsmuir, California, where he was raised and graduated from Dunsmuir High School in 1960.
He married Linda Mae Austin in 1961 and resided in Dunsmuir before moving to Chico in 1968, where they raised their 3 daughters. He relocated back to the Dunsmuir area after helping care for Linda until she passed away from ALS in 1995. The time spent at Soda Creek created wonderful memories for many family and friends before settling in Redding where he lived with his sweet dog, Tessa.
He retired from Union Pacific Railroad as an Engineer in 2001 but wore several hats during his lifetime. In addition to being a railroad Engineer, he was also a dispatcher for the railroad. He sold insurance for Business Men’s Assurance in his early days and became a District Manager for the company. He entertained becoming a veterinarian which was proof of his love for animals, farmed rice, and took every opportunity to be on a ranch that he could. He loved to go out on cattle drives, hunt, fish, woodworking, spending time with his friends and family, watching movies, and discovered recently that he loved to go on cruises. He was able to travel to Alaska and Mexico where he especially loved the open sea air, talking to people, the buffets, and the room service.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Linda, his daughter Barbara, and his brother Dan Wizner.
He is survived by his sister Becky Huckaba (Joe), his daughters Kimberly (Kim) Ondracek (Dick) and Stacy Ancheta (Ben), his granddaughters Rachel Ondracek, Hannah Dunagan (Collin), Megan Ancheta and Annie Ondracek, great-granddaughter Adelaide, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Tessa.
He was laid to rest at Mt Shasta Memorial Park on Friday, November 14, 2014.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Piemont Restaurant in Mt Shasta at 5pm on Friday, November 21st, 2014.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Humane Society or ALS research.