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James "Grits" Guinn

August 19, 1947 ~ March 21, 2020 (age 72)

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James Richard Guinn, (Grits) 72, of Sparta, died Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse. He was born on August 19, 1947, to James and Suzie Pearl (Hayden) Guinn in Saltville, VA.

James was a Retired Sergeant from Sparta Police Department, he was very much a family man that loved to joke around and bring the joy out of people. Throughout his life he cared about and loved the ones around him very passionately.

James is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Darlene Guinn; his daughter, Cheryl Ann Guinn-Endres (Darren) and their sons, Collin James and Caden George Endres; step-son, Scott E. (Debra) Thurston and their children, Richard (Brittany), Amanda and Jennifer; step-son, Kevin (Roxy) Thurston and their children, Daron and Guthrie Thurston and Anna Bender; step-son, Rodney (Valerie) Thurston and his children, Elizabeth (Kris) Strandell, and Benjamin (Ashley) Thurston; a step-daughter, Jeanne (Daniel) Davis and their daughters, Melissa (Matt) Deal, Sara (Chris) Angle; and Heidi (Nick) Kocken.

He is further survived by his great-grandchildren, Connor, Nolan, Drew, Brynn, Jordyn, Paige, Issahai, Elijah, Emma, Carson, Caeson, Serenity, Bentley, and Kinsley, Amber, Carter, Chloe, and Annabelle, Nora, Everley, Jameson, Madeline; siblings, Elsie Jones and Linda Mc Elraff  both of Saltville, VA and Donald (Yolanda) Guinn, of Marion, TX; and many nieces and nephews & great nieces and nephews! And beloved dog Daisy Mae.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Suzie Guinn; two brothers-in-law, Curt Jones and Raymond Mc Elraff; and his nephew Michael Little.    

A Celebration of James’ Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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