James “Jim” H. Newell, 63, of Moon Gulch in Kellogg, ID, went to see his family on December 31, 2022. He was anxious to see his father, two brothers in-law, grandparents, mother in-law, a nephew, an uncle, and many cousins. Jim was born on February 21, 1959 in Emmett, ID, a son of Jacob and Bessie Newell.
Jim grew up in Gem County, Idaho until his late teens and then went to finish his schooling in Pocatello, ID to get his GED. He then enlisted in the US Army in 1980 and was honorably discharged in 1986. Jim married the love of his life, Cynthia “Cyndi” Krause in 1980. The couple lived in the Parma, ID area and started a family; two sons, James Newell, Daniel Newell and a daughter, Amanda Newell. While in the Parma area, Jim worked for his father in-law for years as a farmer.
When his wife, Cyndi, found her birth mother in North Idaho, the couple made their final move to the Silver Valley. Jim worked at Lookout for six years as a groomer until health issues led him to retirement.
Jim lived his life to the fullest even with his health concerns. He would always say that he was going to fix something, but his family knew it would usually take him forever to get around to it. He will always be remembered for his humorous attitude.
He enjoyed the outdoors, cutting wood, and camping. The 4th of July was his favorite holiday and he spent it with family and friends blowing up Moon Gulch Canyon with fireworks. He would always put his dad’s US flag up for both the 4th of July and Memorial Day.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, Jacob Newell; father in-law, Floyd Longley; two brothers in-law, Tony and Terry Longley; a sister in-law, Debbie Longley; cousin, Skip; nephew, Mark; mother in-law, Shirley Krause; and both maternal and paternal grandparents.
He leaves behind a big family and is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cynthia Newell of Kellogg, ID; two sons, James Newell of Fruitland, ID, and Daniel (Melissa) Newell also of Fruitland, ID; a daughter, Amanda Newell and boyfriend Michael O’Keefe of Kellogg, ID; three grandsons, Robert, Thomas, and Jaxon; one granddaughter, Mavis; his mother, Bessie Newell; brother, Bill Newell; sister, Annie Newell; mother in-law, Bertie Longley; father in-law, Dale (Linda) Krause; brother in-law, Robert Krause; four sisters in-law, Leann Paytor, Sandee Yeates, Verna Krause, and Heather Payne.
Jim also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family members that called him dad, papa, or brother; and two special neighbor friends that called him “Jimmy Jim”.
At his request, cremation will take place and a gathering of his family and friends to celebrate his life will be planned for a later date in the summer.
Memories of Jim and messages of condolence may be shared online with his family at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com. Shoshone Funeral Services, Kellogg, is assisting the Newell family with arrangements.