James Kintz Obituary

James Ralph Kintz
James Ralph Kintz

October 30, 1935 - October 2, 2020
Born in Gillette, Wyoming
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Jim Kintz, 85, peacefully passed away at his home in Anchorage, Alaska on the evening of Friday, Oct 2, 2020 with his wife of 47 years at his side.
Born in Gillette, Wyoming to parents, Ralph and Mamie "Dot" Kintz, Jim was raised on the family ranch just south of Gillette. He graduated Campbell County High school. While still in high school, Jim and two close friends (Dale and Dean) developed a love for airplanes and flying. The three 17 year olds purchased a rickety old airplane and learned to fly. Jim pursued this love of flying throughout his life. Jim served in the US Army as a paratrooper with honorable discharge. After Service, in 1958, Jim and lifelong friend since 4th grade, Dean Dewey drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska that turned into the adventure of Jim’s long and fulfilling life. Jim worked for the Army Corp of Engineers as surveyor on many major Alaskan projects during the 1960’s. Jim then developed his own engineering and land developing service having acquired heavy equipment and began purchasing and developing subdivisions in numerous areas while also devoting time to his love of flying eventually as a Commercial game guide and pilot. Jim began pilot service to the Iditarod Air Force in 1993. The 2017 Iditarod IAF Handbook was dedicated to him stating “Jim has been the hardest flying workhorse in the IAF since he began in 1993. Over the many years, Jim has mentored dozens of new pilots. Always the quiet Professional, Jim set the bar for the rest of us…tougher than whalebone, and the hardest working pilot in the Iditarod Air Force. Blue skies and Godspeed”. One very special place, among many in Alaska, was McGrath and its people. Jim’s stories are legendary from cat skinning in Wyoming, to when he had to clear half the forest around Submarine Lake with a Leatherman saw to unstick his airplane.
Jim flew numerous trips in his own airplane to and from the lower 48 states over the years. Jim was a man with many passions: photography, oil painting, woodworking, creating exquisite gun stalks, reading, gold mining, traveling, service to others and maintaining lifelong friendships. While on a trip to Thailand, Jim met the love of his life, Jim and Soon were married in 1973 in Anchorage, Alaska and have shared an adventurous life for 47 years.
Jim was friend, mentor, teacher, and hero to countless during his long and dedicated life. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mamie "Dot" Kintz. Jim is survived by his wife, Soon and his sister, Merna Jo (Kintz) Swanson.
No services are planned at this time. Condolence messages may be sent to his wife Soon Kintz at 3605 Arkansas Dr Anchorage, Alaska 99517. A full obituary and Guestbook can be viewed at www.alaskacremation.com

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