The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 9, 2014

James M. 'Jiggs' Loonan

— James M. 'Jiggs' Loonan

       James M. "Jiggs" Loonan, age 82, of Easton, MN, died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at his home in Easton, MN. Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Easton, MN. Military honors will accorded by the Easton American Legion Post 569. Visitation will be Monday, February 10, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Father Eugene Stenzel will officiate and interment will be in OLMC Cemetery, Barber Twp., Faribault Co., MN.  Please see to leave online condolences. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN is in charge of arrangements.

   James M. Loonan was born December 15, 1931 to Thomas W. Loonan and Anna (McCann) Loonan in Easton, MN.  He attended OLMC Catholic School in Easton and graduated from Delavan High School in 1949.  He played baseball in the Southern Mini League while attending St. John's University, Collegeville, MN.  He graduated with a business degree from St. John's in 1953.  In 1953, he signed with the New York Yankees, shortly thereafter he was drafted into the U.S. Army serving in Germany.  Upon an honorable discharge, he returned to the U.S. and resumed his baseball career with the Yankees organization.  He spent four years at night law school, while working at Mutual Service Insurance Company where he met his future wife, Pat Shepard.  James and Pat were married June 21, 1958.  He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a law degree in 1959.  They moved to Easton where he joined his dad in banking at the State bank of Easton.  James also joined the law firm of Frundt and Hibbs in Blue Earth, MN.  He continued playing baseball, softball, racquetball, golf, and any competitive sport that came is his way, and he enjoyed betting on games with his buddies-if they dared.  He really enjoyed meeting for coffee ever day with "the guys."  He coached Jr. High sports at OLMC Catholic School for over twenty years making many young friendships that lasted forever.  James spent many enjoyable years lovingly developing a wildlife habitat at his Robinson Slew north of Easton.  He served on the Wells-Easton School Board, Easton City Council, Easton Fire Department, and was a Trustee at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.  He was truly devoted to the Easton Community and its people.  May God have mercy on his soul and may he rest in peace with God and all the saints and angels in heaven.

      James is survived by his wife Pat Loonan; 5 children:  Tim (Dorothy) Loonan of Waseca, Barbara Felber of Chanhassen, Bob (Denise) Loonan of Shakopee, Tom (Melisse) Loonan of Easton, Mary Pat (Anthony) Parker of Chandler, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; brother:  Thomas W. Loonan, Jr. of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in-law:  Joe Russell of Minneapolis, and neighbor kids Lanny and Teri Johnson of Easton.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Carola Russel, Evelyn Routier; brother: Russell Loonan; sisters-in-law:  Terese Loonan, Jean Loonan; brother-in-law:  Bill Routier.