James Wassman, 62, of rural Ormsby passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

    James Wassman, 62, of rural Ormsby passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.
    A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Trimont Covenant Church.
    Visitation was held on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont.
    James S. Wassman was born on June 10, 1949 to Norbert and Martha (Engelbrecht) Wassman in St. James, Minnesota. He attended grade school in Ormsby and graduated from St. James High School. He earned a double major from the University of Minnesota in Agriculture Economics and Mechanized Agriculture. After graduation he was the manager at the Trimont Coop fertilizer plant in Trimont and later taught at Jackson Technical College in Jackson. Realizing his passion for farming, he took over the Wassman family farm in 1976.
    Jim loved people and was always willing to lend a hand to others. He will be remembered as a social person, enjoying get-togethers with many people including his coffee buddies, friends from church, and business associates. He was also a marvelous cook and enjoyed preparing elaborate dinners for special occasions. Family was very important to him and his grandchildren brought an instant smile to his face.
    Throughout his life, Jim was highly involved in community affairs. He was on the Watonwan County Fair Board, the Ormsby State Bank Board of Directors, and the FSA Board. Jim was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Trimont and served as a trustee and deacon. He was a willing volunteer and leader to his church family. He loved to sing and participated in the Small Town Christmas Choir, church choir, and church quartet. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Darla (Schwake) Wassman; children, Jenny (Thomas) Wilson and Karl (Karyn) Wassman; grandchildren, Kade, Kody and Kathryn Wassman; mother, Martha Wassman; mother-in-law, Gloria Schwake; two sisters, Janice (Thomas) Bowie and Susan (Darwin) Bostic.
    Jim was preceded in death by an infant brother; father, Norbert Wassman; father-in-law, Mel Schwake; and other relatives.