James David WHIPPLE
October 5, 1942 – September 13, 2021
James David Whipple, 78, born October 5, 1952, passed away in Las Vegas on September 13, 2021, after a head trauma from a fall.
A lifelong Las Vegan, Jim grew up in the Mayfair district. He attended Las Vegas High School, a member of the class of 1960, where he was a star athlete, specializing in cross-country running. He continued collecting ribbons and statues in track at NSU (now UNLV), graduating in 1967. Jim served in the US ARMY from 1968 to 1970. He was stationed in Germany, taking opportunities to explore that country as well as others in Europe. Upon his discharge, Jim went to work for the US Postal Service in Las Vegas. For nearly thirty years he delivered the mail throughout the south east region of the city, retiring from that job in 1997. He would take vacation time every summer, sometimes to paint the family home on 17th street or perform other house repairs, but more than often to take unplanned road trips around the West, and, once back home, showing proudly photos of his adventures. Jim enjoyed his retirement as a man of leisure and serving as a constant presence for his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. In 1997, he moved into his new home at the base of Sunrise Mountain, providing a home for his mother, a sister, and several nieces. Jim is preceded in death by his father William Dee Whipple, mother Doris Cameron Whipple, Brother Dennis Whipple, all of Las Vegas, and sister Deloris Stanton, of Rexburg, Idaho. He is survived by his sisters Patricia Coon, and Helen Whipple, both of Las Vegas, and brother, Harold Whipple of Sonora, California. Jim was notoriously camera –shy and never still for a photo since his high school years.
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James David WHIPPLE
September 16, 2021
My dear Uncle Jim was full of bluster. He complained loudly about a bear hug but never made an attempt to break away no matter how long it went on. He played gruff and soaked it all in. Although he played the curmudgeon, he lovingly cared for those around him, his sister, his mother, orphaned nieces. Those of us not under his direct care would sometimes find a package containing just a little something he thought we needed, a scarf, a cap, a teddy bear. He was a steel ball bearing with a marshmallow center. Rarely have I come across anyone kinder. I will miss him terribly.
September 15, 2021
I married Jim's nephew Bill and I'm so proud and grateful to call the whole Whipple clan my family. Uncle Jim was fun to visit with. I loved his voice and his laugh. I loved listening to his commentary while watching the evening news. I loved to cook for him and I loved how much he loved a good cookie. He went out of his way to make sure we felt at home and our belly's were full whenever we visited. I loved hearing my mother in law Deloris (Jim's older sister) talk about Jim and her other siblings. I'm grateful for family ties and memories on this earth that bind us together. Sending love to the whole Whipple family. 💗