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James Curtis Ainsworth, Jr.

Born: 7/20/1921

Died: n/a

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

James Curtis Ainsworth Jr. was born on July 20, 1921 in Albany New York. His parents were James Curtis Ainsworth Sr. and Hazel Griffin. He was the second oldest of four children.

He was very proud of his Choctaw Indian heritage and loved to learn about them. He served 4 Ω years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on January 29, 1947. He loved his years in the Navy. Before and after his Navy duty he worked as a Machinist for the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Round House in Sparks, Nevada. He spent eight years in Idaho working on farms and for the city of Burley Idaho. He then came back to Sparks and worked for Isabell Construction and Tholl Fence Company, He then moved to Buellton California to help Irene with the care of her parents for several years before eventually coming back to Sparks. He was twice injured on the job, once in Sparks and once in Lompoc, California.

Having quit school to care for his parents who were both ill, while living in Lompoc, at the age of 50 he went back to night school and graduated from Lompoc High. He then moved back to Nevada and went to school at the Reno Business College where he graduated with honors.

A devoted husband and father he spent his life serving others, He and his wife served a one year mission at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which they dearly loved. He held many positions of responsibility in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints due to his strong belief in the truthfulness of the Gospel. He would always find good in others and he loved life. His wonderful smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ernestine and his brother, Edgar C. Ainswroth.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Irene Ainsworth seven children, James C. Ainsworth, III of Sun Valley, Dr. Ronald Eugene Ainswroth of Paradise, California, Mary Ann Klingler of Rancho Cordova, California, John Charles Ainswroth of Silver Springs, Nevada, Patricia Louise Proctor of Riverside, California, Thomas Edward Ainsworth of Danville, California and Gary Raymond Ainsworth of Reno Nevada; he also has 28 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.