Jimmie Harold Kint was born on April 14, 1928, the fifth of seven children, to Walter and Tillie Kint in Belden, Neb.
Jim faced many struggles that challenged his determination to fulfill his goals. As early as eighth grade, he had to forgo his education to contribute to the family finances. At the same time, he had to give up on his dreams of education, his family also suffered the losses of their oldest son to World War II and the middle daughter to scarlet fever. A man of lesser character would have assumed that the world had it against him, but not Jim. He secured a position at the Nebraska Highway Department, a job he desired to acquire when school was no longer a luxury his family could afford.
After the hardships of his teen years, Jim met the love of his life, Miss Lila Mae Leonard, to whom he proposed after only three short days; their only disagreement was that, Lila believed it was four days. They were married Feb. 25, 1951, in Sargents, Colo., and moved to Littleton, where they began the project of building their own home and raising a family in the Deer Creek area, residing there for more than 53 years. Jim had a long career at Norgrens Pneumatic Factory, and after 39 years with the company he was able to retire and spend his leisure time doing the two things he enjoyed the most, fishing and hunting.
Jim also was a volunteer fireman for the Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue for several years.
Jim and Lila shared more than 55 years of marriage until Lila’s death on June 23, 2006. Following her passing, Jim lived at the Gardens at Columbine in Littleton until health care problems placed him into Orchard Park Care Center this past January.
In his elderly age, Jim’s body began to fail him. With the ever-growing Parkinson’s disease, his body became harder to control, but never once did he complain. He always put the needs of others before his own, a trait that his grandson values highly and tries to emulate in his own personal life.
On Saturday morning, June 16, 2012, Jim left this world a much better place and is now together once again with the love of his life, Lila.
He is survived by his children, Jim (Cindy) Kint of Sargents, John (Shirley) Kint of Guffey and Kathy (Ken) Mergl of Littleton; grandchildren Jeni, Janet, Megan and Sean; great-grandchildren Chance and Kaylie; a sister, Virginia “Tiny” Burns of Laurel, Neb.; and a host of family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Mountain High Christian Center, 8444 U.S. 285 in Morrison, with Pastor Ed Shirley officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 204-B, Denver, CO 80222.
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