James Warren Vinall
Published: Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
Services: No services will be held. James Warren Vinall, 79, of Willcox, Ariz., after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, died at his home, in Bonita, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. He was born in Tucumcari on March 21, 1928 and grew up there. As a young man he worked the wheat harvests from New Mexico to Montana. Finally, he was able to realize his life-long dream of becoming a cowboy when he was hired as a hand at the Waggoner Ranch in New Mexico. In his 20s, Jim began his long and successful career in radio broadcasting in his hometown. After a brief stint there, he moved on to become the prime time news anchor for radio station WJR in Detroit, Mich. In 1958 he married his wife, June. Two years later he became the director of Public Relations of the Democratic Party for the state of Michigan. In 1963. he became president of the Wolverine Broadcasting Co., which purchased Radio Station KVOR in Colorado Springs, Colo. Vinall was general manager of that station for the next 17 years, where he became known as the Voice of the Rockies. While in Colorado, Vinall also raised quarter horses and was active in the Pikes Peak Cattlemen’s Assoc. In 1979, he retired from radio, and he and his wife bought a small farm in the Bonita area near Willcox. And later, he was on the air again at KHIL, in Willcox, where he hosted a morning radio show for several years. Vinall is survived by his wife June, daughters Jennifer (David) Stover of Denver, Colo., Julie (John) Hilton of Willcox, Paula LaFortune of Michigan and a son Frank Whitby also of Michigan; brothers Kenneth (Wylene) Vinall of Tucson and George (Barbara) Vinall of Tucumcari. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents Delbert and Frances Vinall and a grandson Adam LaFortune. At his request no services will be held. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends support the Charles Wm. Leighton, Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, AZ 85644. Arrangements are by Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematorium of Willcox, Ariz.
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