Junker, James William
Jim, 60, of Phoenix, went to meet his heavenly Father on April 12, 2014, passing away after a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by parents William H. and Ruth A. Junker of Phoenix. Jim was born Nov. 30, 1953 in Portage Lakes, Ohio, and attended St. Vincent High School, Akron, before moving to Phoenix in 1970. He leaves his beloved wife, Grace Yeom Junker, four children, William (Therese) of Minneapolis, Naomi (Mark) Villanueva and Laura of Phoenix, and Andrew (Sarah) of Ann Arbor, MI, as well as seven grandchildren. Jim was a devoted stepfather to Aurora Pittario (Scott Lee), Phoenix, and SPC John Pittario, U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C. He also is survived by sisters Jane Donohue, Jennifer Cockrum, Mary Anne Johnson, Gloria Brintnall and brothers John, Joseph and Peter. A graduate of Arizona State University and ASU Law School, Jim practiced law as a trial lawyer in Arizona since 1979. Jim was a gifted amateur musician, playing the drums and singing with friends and family throughout his life and entertaining the patrons at Wild Bill’s Saloon. His kindness and generosity earned him many loyal friends. Jim’s family is grateful to all of them, especially Rick Kufner, who loyally supported Jim and Grace during Jim’s illness. A memorial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Green Acres Mortuary Chapel, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. Donations may be made on Jim’s behalf to Hospice of the Valley, Tempe, AZ.
- Memorial Gathering Thursday, April 17, 2014
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April 16, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of our dear friend and attorney! My heart goes out to the love of his life, his wife Grace. He indeed loved you with all his heart! You are so lucky to have the time you had together. Keep those memories close and keep smiling that great smile of your's that he loved so much too! To his parents: Thank you for raising such a respectful and wholesome man. We have great respect for a job well done! To all of his family and friends, thank you for sharing this great son, husband, brother, father, step father, grandfather and friend with us all! Jim, We love you, thank you and will miss you greatly. Till we meet again my friend, we will continue to see your smile and feel your hugs.
Sherée Schwartzkopf and Robert Christman
April 15, 2014
I am deeply sorry for Grace, and the Junker family, for their loss. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for a year or so, and I was blessed to have him for a boss, and friend. We shared a lot of good times with each other, and I feel proud to call him a friend. He will be missed. - Pat Stanley