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Official Obituary of James M. Vinopal

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Official Obituary of James M. Vinopal

March 25, 2024

James M. Vinopal Obituary

James M. “Jim” Vinopal, age 96, of Downers Grove, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born December 3, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Charles and Marie (Schulgan) Vinopal.

Jim was a Naval and Army veteran, serving honorably during both WWII and the Korean Conflict, and was an active Life Member in the American Legion serving as a District Commander and an active Life Member and a board of directors’ representative for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Jim was energetically active in shooting sports and hunting serving as the coach for the Windy City Rollers shooting team of paralyzed veterans from Hines VA, past president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, and as a director for the National Rifle Association.

Jim was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for 40 years, retiring as a Communication Engineer.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 73 years Helen (Brown); children James Jr of Bolingbrook and Bill (Theresa) of Virginia; daughter-in-law Jeannie; grandchildren James (Pam), Charles (Cameron), Jason (Kristen), William (Alexandra), Sarah (Travis) Walton, Marie Vinopal, Thomas (Megan), Joellen Vinopal, Anna (Andrew) Zuniga, and Lauren, Danniele, Jackie Rae, and Robert Vinopal, Colleen (John) Miller, Brian Norton, Jeff Smith, Amanda Smith, Kristen Smith, Julie Smith, and Ryan Smith; nine great-grandchildren; and many other dear relatives and friends.

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