RIP: Jim Yunker, Drummer and Artist, Younger Brother of Michael Yonkers

According to Destijl Records:

Jim Yunker, younger brother of Michael Yonkers and the drummer of "Microminature Love", died yesterday morning [October 12, 2008].

Aside from music, Jim was interested in and created art. One of his major works was a sculpture called "Matrix Village" and was displayed for long periods on both the east and west bank campuses of the University of Minnesota. He was also worked with wood and has produced countless beautiful toys, and custom display cases for various local stores. He held a variety of straight jobs, and the one that meant the most to him was teaching science to ESL students in the Saint Paul School System. His amazing connection to the students, and the extremely high quality of the work they produced attracted the attention and support of 3M. His program, and his spirit, were downsized and left behind, within the last few years.

His solid drumming for the Grenadiers Drum and Bugle Corp in the 60s helped create the style that he used in Michael And The Mumbles and the Michael Yonkers Band.

He was 60 years old when he passed on October 12th 2008, after year
long bout with leukemia.

- Microminature Love @ Destijl
- Microminature Love @ Sub Pop
- Michael Yonkers official website
- Michael Yonkers MySpace

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