James Paul Larson, 75, of St. James died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato with his family at his side.
James Paul Larson, 75, of St. James died on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato with his family at his side. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Maggie Cumings officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Monday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday one hour before services at the church. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
James was born on Nov. 22, 1941 to Paul and Edna (Duffy) Larson. He attended Rosendale Country School, District 13, and Saint James High School, graduating in 1960. In 1960 he took over running the family farm in Rosendale township after the untimely early passing of his father, Paul. At age 17, along with his uncle, Harry Larson, Jim started his career of crop and livestock farming, lasting until 1993 when health conditions encouraged him to retire. On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Lynn Rae Elvin of St. James. They would have celebrated 48 years of marriage at the end of this month. Jim loved farming and was especially fond of the purebred black angus cattle he raised. He took great pride in selective breeding and careful choosing of bulls and females to grow the herd. In his earlier years and through mid-life, he was an avid hunter and trapper and really enjoyed competitive archery shooting at the range south of St. James with friends and family. In the later years, his life revolved around his seven grandchildren. He was an amazing grandpa and spent time with all of them regularly and they helped him look forward and be positive considering all of his health concerns.
Jim is survived by: his wife, Lynn Larson of St. James; son, Chad and wife, Brandie Larson of St. James; son, Ryan, and wife, Heather Larson of Madelia; seven grandchildren (Trinity, Braeden, Brooke, Allison, Jackson, Paige, Karson and Kendall); sister, Deloris Madison of St. James; sister-in-law, Gloria (Larson) and husband, Mike Sweeney of Soldotna, Alaska; sister-in-law, Vicki Johnson of St. James; sister-in-law, Jan, and husband, Rod Dauer of Huchinson; brother-in-law, Jim Elvin and wife, Tracy, of Dewey, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Warren; sister, Arlene; close uncle and farming partner, Harry Larson; and In-laws, Janet and RO (Chic) Elvin.