Donald Holland,  71, of St. James, died at his home May 1, 2012.

Donald Holland,  71, of St. James, died at his home May 1, 2012. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5, at First Lutheran Church in St. James, with Rev. Ken Bowman officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. James. Family condolences may be sent online at Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home, St. James.

Donald Duane Holland was born Oct. 3, 1940, at Mountain Lake Hospital in Mountain Lake, the son of Harry and Alvina (Kunkel) Holland. Don grew up in the Odin area where he attended country school through the 8th grade. He graduated from Butterfield/Odin High School in 1958. He worked as a carpenter for a couple of years before joining the military, serving from 1960 to 1963. When he returned home from his military tour, he went to work at Scherr-Tumico and helped on the family farm. He worked at Scherr-Tumico until his retirement in 2006, he then worked there part-time until January of this year. The family farm continued to be part of his life throughout the years. Don married Ruth Ann (Fran) Harrington on Feb. 17, 1968 in Comfrey. Don was a member of First Lutheran Church in St. James and the American Legion. He enjoyed farming and playing cards. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Don is survived by his wife, Fran Holland of St. James; daughter,  Steph­anie (Mark) Red­man of Bingham Lake; son, Jason Holland of St. James; grandchildren, Conner and Matthew Redman and Sydney and Alexis Holland; brother, Lyle (Ruth) Holland of Mankato; sister-in-law, Suzanne Holland of North Mankato; several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Dennis Holland.