James A. ‘Jimmy’ Zinke

CHANDLER, Ariz. – James A. “Jimmy” Zinke, 35, formerly of Dixon, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Phoenix.

He was born Dec. 6, 1977, to James Zinke and Julie (Vandrew) Zinke. James graduated from Dixon High in 1996. He participated in sports all through his schooling years. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Sauk Valley Community College, moving to Arizona a short time later. At the time of his passing, he worked as an inside sales associate for Dish Network. A balloon memorial was held by the company on Nov. 4 in Phoenix.

Survivors include his brothers, Jared (Denise) Zinke of Rock Falls, Eric (Paula) Zinke of Clinton, Iowa, and Charles (Laura) Zinke of Dixon; former wife, Celena Acosta and stepdaughter, Celena, of Tempe, Ariz.; stepfather, Alan Dalton of Rockford; nieces, Alyssa, Erica, Kristin, Maite, Vanessa, Angel, and Damita; nephews, Austin, Trevor, Jeremy, Luis, and Jose; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and uncles, Raymond and Richard Zinke.

A memorial service will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded. South Mountain Mortuary of Phoenix handled arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established at U.S. Bank in Dixon.