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Memorial Service

Fox Funeral Home & Crematory
Friday April 29th, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm

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James Eugene Punches

James Eugene Punches, 81, passed away Tuesday, the 16th of November, 2021 at his home in Green River, Wyoming. He was a resident of Wyoming for the past thirty years, and a former resident of Ohio, Florida and California.

He was born August 5, 1940 in Ohio to James Pirl Punches Jr and Mildred Ternissia Slone Punches. He married Ann Robinson in 1964 with whom he had two daughters, Heather Alyson, and Alicia Michele. He married Debra Ralston in 1983 and had son Ian Jameson.

He is survived by daughter Alicia Cook, son Ian Punches and grandchildren Connor Tyrrell and Rhiannon Tyrrell. Brothers Colin C Punches, Wm Alan Punches, Leslie D Punches, Richard Dixon and sisters Vicki T Vesh and Katrina Courtright and their families.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heather Waugh, both of his parents, sisters Patricia Donohue and Kieron Blackburn.

“Jim” to his coworkers, “Gene” to his family; spent 1978 in Antarctica studying the ozone layer. He did a tour for the US Government in Helsinki, Finland. He helped develop the guidance systems for the Apache Helicopters, and now common laser scanners. He also helped build the lens technology for the Hubble Telescope and the Voyager II program for NASA.

He was a man of intelligence and held numerous degrees in different fields. A proud aerospace engineer. Retired with dignity and respect from his coworkers in 1990. He will be missed; the world will never know his true accomplishments in life except through the accomplishments of his surviving children.

There will be a memorial service at Fox Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 10 AM to 1 PM MDT at 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs, WY 82901. The family plans to eventually inter his remains in the family plot in Oakshade, Ohio at a later date.

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Uncle Eugene was the smartest man I ever knew. The last time I saw him in person was in Santa Barbara, California, I believe 1977, before he left for Palmer Station in Antarctica. I was able to talk to him on the phone about 1990 when he came to work in Tustin, California. I miss the telescope he set up on our front porch to view the moon.

Tom Simpson Nov 21 2021 1:03 AM

My condolences to Jim's family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jim was a very kind man. He loved his children. Alicia and Ian I am here for you both. Jim may you Rest In Peace.

Rachael S. McDonald Nov 19 2021 12:40 PM