James was born in Pagosa Springs, on March 7, 1930, to Homer and Myrtle Jones Kingsley. In 1952, he married Shirley Pargin. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy at the end of the Korean Conflict and was able to travel to Japan and Korea during his enlistment. Following his time with the Navy, he worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation. During his time with CDOT, he worked on Wolf Creek Pass during some of the big snow years. After 30 years with CDOT, he retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeling with friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Kingsley, his children, Charles (Shirley Lan) Kingsley, Paul Kingsley and Shawna (Greg) Baker, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, one brother and his cousin Junior Sorenson of Pagosa Springs.
James was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Larry Kingsley.
Cremation was selected and a memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake. To express condolences to the family or to view an online guestbook, please visit www.rogersfunerals.com.