Jim was born on September 29, 1948. He passed away peacefully at his home in Carlisle on November 8, 2011, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Jim was a lifelong resident of the Carlisle area. He grew up in Levey, a small town once located around SE 40th and 45th Street. The family moved to Carlisle in 1963, where he continued to attend Carlisle School. Jim excelled in sports as a young man in baseball, football and track, and still holds a Carlisle High School track record. Jim also excelled academically and was appointed to the USMA at West Point in 1967. He also attended Simpson College and U of I for a time. Jim spent the next 45 years as a self-employed painter, as well as roofing and drywall work. Jim was a lover of nature. He loved to trap, fish, hunt mushrooms and garden, and was a master of each. Jim had a large family and many friends, and he loved to tell stories, especially to the kids he loved so much.\n\n Those of us left behind to cherish all those wonderful memories of him are the joy of his life, his daughter, Jamie M. Sinclair (Carlisle/Iowa City) and his wife, Chris Sinclair of Carlisle, 15 siblings, Chuck and Pat Sinclair (Norwalk), Archie and Karen Sinclair (Chariton), Eileen and Francis Miller (Des Moines), Shirley Carr (Des Moines), Morris and Cody Sinclair (Greenfield Plaza), Gary and Karen Sinclair (Carlisle), Tom and Cheryl Sinclair (Des Moines), Charlene and Tom McCrory (Des Moines), Mike and Janet Sinclair (Indianola), Bennie and Marty Sinclair (Des Moines), Melody and Dave Freeman (Carlisle), Arthur and Robin Sinclair (Des Moines), Wanda and Max Olson (Des Moines), Rodney and Michelle Sinclair (Bondurant), Jackie and Roger Curry (Carlisle), over a hundred nieces and nephews whom he knew and loved. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mildred Sinclair and siblings, Robert, Gertrude, Thelma, Mary, Robert(Butch), Joe, Delores, and Bernard. \n\nMemorial Funeral Mass will be held Friday November 11, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church at 11:00 A.M. There will be a visitation from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Friday at the church.