Davis resident, James Raymond Gindt, went home peacefully on Jan. 7, 2015. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., in 1943.
He moved to the Bay Area in 1962 and worked as a machinist until 1969. He met the love of his life, Debbie, in Davis in 1966. They married in 1967 and their son, Sean, was born the following year. After two years in the Bay Area, they moved to Davis when he went to work for PG&E in 1969 at the Davis Service Center as a machinist. He retired from PG&E as a foreman with an emphasis on safety in 2007.
He served his country in the US Naval Air Reserves as a flight engineer with Charestra Alpha Crew on the Gray Goose out of Alameda from 1964 to 1970.
All his adult life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing, and diving throughout northern California and trips to Tahoe with family and friends. He was a member of Grass Valley Rifle, Rod, and Gun club for 32 years. He loved hunting and fishing trips to the lodge in the Sierra with his son, family and close friend Randy.
He loved garage sales and was very lucky with what he found. Our neighborhood was safer because of him. One of the many accomplishments he was proud of was helping his son plan and build a cottage on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2012.
Family members who went home before him were his mother Marie Bowline; father Henry Gindt; brothers Bill and Paul; and sister Joanne Butterfield. Jim is survived by his loving wife Debbie of Davis; loving son Sean of Yosemite; brother-in-law Burt Butler (Dorothy) of Woodland; sister-in-law Brenda Russell of San Antonio, Texas; nieces Debbie Conrad (Mark) of Richmond and Stephanie Kershner (Dennis) of San Antonio; and nephew Tony Vann (Courtney) of Fair Oaks. He also leaves behind many other nieces and nephews throughout California, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma; and last, but not least, his precious buddy, "Buttercup." He was blessed to have many friends throughout his life a�" Randy, Sam, Steve, Mike, John, Bob, Lonnie, and many others too numerous to mention.
A special thanks to Yolo County Hospice a�" you are truly angels.
A celebration of his life is planned for a later date.