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James P. Zinken, Jr. – Obituary

Name: James P. Zinken, Jr.

Age: 58

Born: 07-13-1963

Died: 12-23-2021

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud

James (Jim) Peter Zinken Jr, 58, of St. Cloud, MN passed away on December 23rd at the St. Cloud Hospital. 


A gathering to celebrate Jim’s life will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.


Jim was born on July 13th, 1963, to James & Donna Zinken (Nilsen).  He helped run the family mechanic shop, Alamo Service, in his young adult life and had a passion for working on vehicles.  Later in life he worked as a driver, most recently for Knife River.  

Jim loved spending time at his cabin in Pine River, MN and could often be found four wheeling, fishing, or having drinks with friends around the campfire.    Planning meals and cooking for others was how he showed his love; he enjoyed making large meals with friends and Sunday dinners with his children and grandchildren. 


Jim is survived by his children Mandy Zinken (Taylor) St. Cloud, James Zinken (Ashley) Cold Spring; Granddaughters Isabella, Alexa, Hannah, Breanna & Hayley; Siblings Nancy Gully (Roger) Sauk Rapids, Tom Zinken (Debbie) Princeton, Shelley Gaetz (Bob) Saint Augusta, Roger Zinken (Mary) Cold Spring, Berta Gaetz (Larry) Sauk Rapids & Vanessa Imholte (Rick) Shoreview; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 


Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James & Donna Zinken (Nilsen); and granddaughter, Jaidyn. 


Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. 

Guestbook for James P. Zinken, Jr.

Bob and Ruth Zinken
, Cousin
December 29, 2021, 12:29 am
Our deepest sympathy to all of Jimís family. This is a very sad time for all of you. We hope that Godís light will shine through and give you peace. We always admired how he lived his life the way he wanted to. He really seemed to enjoy his life. May he Rest In Peace.
Becky (Herberg) Lytle
, family friend
December 28, 2021, 6:50 pm
I am so saddened to hear the news of Jimmyís passing. We grew up playing together, spent summers out at the lake, and shared birthdays. Jimmy was another brother to me growing up. I remember so many good times together at the house on Wilson Ave and out at the lake. Our families were always together. The Labor Day weekend pig roasts and New Yearís parties at the hotels were always my favorites. I havenít seen Jimmy for quite some time, but he, along with the whole Zinken family, are a big part of my childhood and who I am today. My sincerest condolences to all the family. Rest In Peace dear friend. With my deepest sympathy, Becky Lytle
, Co worker
December 27, 2021, 8:07 pm
I only worked with him a short time but I remember he was very kind and always had a smile. My deepest condolences to the family.
Charles Michael Jernberg
, Friend
December 27, 2021, 6:57 pm
Jim always had a smile when I would see him at the hospital very nice guy.
Sandy Dinndorf
, Friend
December 24, 2021, 9:36 pm
Know doubt you are with Doug in heaven looking down while you enjoy a drink. Rest in peace .
Marie Molde
, Old friend, since childhood
December 24, 2021, 6:11 pm
Rest in Peace little Jimmy. To Berta & family: from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry, honoring your sorrow.

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