James Noble Kinnaman

Born: Thu., Jun. 17, 1948
Died: Sun., Jun. 16, 2019

Celebration of Life

6:00 AM Wed., Jun. 26, 2019
Location: Muncie K of C Council 560

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James Noble Kinnaman, 70, of Muncie passed away on Sunday June 16, 2019 at Ball Memorial ICU. He was born on June 17, 1948 in New Castle, IN to Robin V., Jr. and Mary Marjorie (Cox) Kinnaman.


Jim attended Milton School until consolidation with Cambridge City and graduated from Lincoln H.S. in 1966. While there he played Varsity football, basketball and baseball. He played football for Franklin College for 3 seasons, then for Indiana State for his final season, where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He taught P.E. at Muncie South from 1972 – 2004 and was an assist football coach and later was the girls tennis coach.


After retirement he worked at the Muncie YMCA as a tennis instructor up until last week. Jim played on and coached teams for USTA competitions traveling to California and Arizona. He was a Friend of Bill W and his most treasured possession was his 15 year sobriety coin.


Survivors include his brothers, Robin V. (Mary Jo) Kinnaman, III and Richard Alan Kinnaman.


Friends may gather for a Celebration of Jim’s life on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm at

K of C Council 560, St. Paul The Apostle, 3600 W. Purdue Ave., Muncie, IN. Arrangements are entrusted to Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City, IN.


Memorial donations may be made to Muncie YMCA Tennis, AA or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.waskoms.com


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Judy Godfrey
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy to you all. Thoughts and prayers continue.

Terry D Smith
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Many memories of a wonderful friend. My condolences to Jim’s family.

John Grigsby
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Jim was good friend to many of us at Lincoln High School. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to his brothers, in laws, nephews and niece.

Barb Jay Wilmoth
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kinnaman family. Mr Kinnaman was an awesome coach who always had a smile hiding under his rough exterior. R I P Coach.

Barb Jay Wilmoth
Neal & Virginia Jay & Family

Kitty Hammond Mohler
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
So sad to hear this. Many fond memories of time spend with this family as a child. My sympathy goes out to Bobby and Dick.

Penny Pentecost
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. So many good memories of our years in school. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Alan Holbrook
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
I'm sorry for your family loss. James was my Assistant Football coach at Muncie Southside in1973 &74. I always respected his knowledge and teachings of the game. I knew he liked tennis ,but didn't know he coached. He was a very good teacher. Blessing to you all.

Jim McKibben
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
I'm very sorry to read of Jim's passing. He and I were room mates at Indiana State and I will always remember him as a really great room mate and a good friend. First saw him sitting on the edge of his bed after coming back from semester break, it was a sight I will probably always remember. For several years I lived in Muncie but just today realized that he too lived there. Sorry I never was able to see him.

Murel and Linda Clark
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
You have our deepest sympathy!

Linda Wilson Clark
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
You have my deepest sympathy!

Rich and Lucretia Bigler
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
Jim was a great friend, classmate and teammate. We are impressed by the many who knew him as a kind, helpful and effective coach and teacher. He is missed and will be fondly remembered.