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2222 Russell Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-634-1568
James Lynch

James "Jim" Lynch

Monday, April 6th, 1942 - Saturday, April 27th, 2019
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Larger than life, Jim Lynch was born April 6, 1942 in Boston, MA to Kathleen and James B. Lynch, and died April 27 in Cheyenne surrounded by his family.

Jim grew up in South Boston with his brothers, Dennis and Dan, who also served as his partners in mischief. After graduating from high school, Jim began his life as a renaissance man. He joined the Navy and taught philosophy at the collegiate level, after becoming the youngest Greyhound bus driver in the country.

Jim’s travels took him down to Georgia, where he started a career in law enforcement, and then long-haul trucking became his next passion. Something about the horizon in front of him, and road beneath him gave him some semblance of peace, but never filled the void in his heart for the life and family he left behind in Boston.

In 1977, Jim’s life changed forever when he met the love of his life, Felicity, and they married in 1978. Over the next several years, Jim and Felicity had two children, Jimmy and Kathleen and in 1983 the family moved to Felicity’s hometown – Cheyenne, WY. Jim welcomed his side-kick and daughter, Josephine, in 1987.

The past 36 years, Jim made Cheyenne his home, and Cheyenne will never be the same. He volunteered for countless organizations and non-profits, because serving his community was important to him, and he was passionate about helping to create an ever-better place to live for all of us. Through the years, Jim served as the personal photographer to Governor Mike Sullivan, sat proudly on Cheyenne City Council, worked many years as a computer program specialist, and through his beloved role as a photographer on the Public Relations committee with Cheyenne Frontier Days, he was able to make a long-time dream come true - Coats for Kids.

Growing up poor in Boston, Jim was subject and witness to the cruelty of cold winters, and classmate’s heckling. One incident being bullied for wearing a coat a classmate’s mother donated to charity stuck with Jim the rest of his life, and he made it a mission to fill the gaps for families like his own, by offering free coats for kids. With the dedication and support of his family, friends at CFD, and throughout the community, Coats for Kids has given out over 10,000 brand-new coats to anyone who has needed one.

The legacy Jim leaves behind is one of sharing, and compassion. He was a man with a heart as big as his laugh, and will be greatly missed by countless people. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Kathleen and James, brothers Dennis and Dan, and his son Jimmy. He is survived by his wife Felicity, daughter Kathleen Jaure and her husband Joe, his immeasurably-loved grandchildren Makenna, Ava, Atticus, Seneca, Doran and Arabella, and daughter Josephine Carlson and her husband Sam.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service and reception will be May 5 at the Historic Plains Hotel ballroom from 1-5pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Coats for Kids foundation. Donations can be mailed to 2512 Snyder Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001.
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Posted at 07:30am
My deep deep condolences to the Lynch family: May you reflect on the precious memories that you have made with your loved one. Losing a loved one can cause so so much sadness and pain of heart. So, I would like to share what helped us when our precious daughter died and later when my precious husband fell asleep in death due to cancer. I appreciated the calls and visits from people from all over. But I also, recall just sitting down and reading different Scriptures and meditating on them. It was so comforting to read that God cares for us personally... (1Peter 5:6, 7). Yes, He cares, He sees our pain. And, He Jehovah God will in His due time do away with All sicknesses & death (Isaiah 33:24 & Isaiah 25:8). He is indeed a God of comfort. Oh, wow He promises the hope of seeing our precious loved ones again (John 5:28, 29) and says where (Psalms 37:11). He always keeps His word. I hope that these few Scriptures were of some comfort to you as they were to me.

Karla Wright

Posted at 11:20am
We came to know Jim in 1989 when we moved to Cheyenne and my husband was a co-worker at PDQ Transportation. The kids just loved him and called him Santa Claus. I will always remember Jim's laugh, it was a true "belly" laugh and so infectious. He always had a smile and time for everyone. Our community is better thanks to Jim. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family.

Fred N

Posted at 06:37am
To the Family,
I would like to express how sorry to hear of your loss. It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.
I found what God promises in the Bible helpful. At Acts 24:15 it says “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead.”
This promise has consoled me when my father died. Hopefully, it can provide some hope and comfort to your family.


Terri Barnes

Posted at 02:53am
I met Jim via a friend he cared for. He truly was larger than life. Loved his family and friends; and became a huge part of the Wyoming fabric. My deepest condolences to his family. Especially given the recent loss of Jimmy as well.
Terri Barnes

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