BILLINGS, MT. - James R. Hintz, 58, of Billings, Montana, passed away unexpectedly on October 7, 2013. Originally from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Jim was born on August 22, 1955 in Marquette, Michigan, to James and Ruth (Hanninen) Hintz.
He was a 1973 graduate of Ishpeming High School. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with his B.A. and M.A. He received his J.D. from the University of Montana in 1999. Jim married Joan E. Groom on June 1, 1984.
Jim was a partner in the Law Firm of Crowley/Fleck since graduation. Previous employment included Jim working as Dude Wrangler in Colorado. Jim worked for many years in the building trade; his craftsmanship was exceptional.
Jim had many passions in life including fishing, hiking, and being in the outdoors. His hobbies reflected his passion for fishing by his handcrafted fishing poles, lures and flies. He co-hosted a radio program featuring a variety of outdoor topics. He was an avid sports fan and was born a "Green Bay Packer Backer." Jim enjoyed spending time with his wife, Joan and daughter, Jasmine, enjoying many vacations in Florida and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He was a compassionate and positive man and enjoyed life to its fullest. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joan E. Groom of Billings; daughter Jasmine Hintz of Billings; sister, Ruth Hintz of Marquette, MI; sister Susan (John) Rader of Ishpeming, MI; brother, Martin Hintz of Gwinn, MI; one aunt, Theresa (Robert) Olds of Ishpeming; several nieces, nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 21, 2013 in Ishpeming, Michigan at Bethal Lutheran Church, 333 E. Ridge St. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1144 N 30th St., Billings, MT 59101, where Jim served on the Board of Directors. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.