James B. Jennings, age 83, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary in North Mankato with Rev. David Gens officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at Northview on Tuesday. Burial will be in Eagle Lake Cemetery at a later date. Lunch will follow at the Eagle Lake American Legion.
James Bert was born May 5, 1929, to Leo Stanley and Idabelle (Olson) Jennings in Amboy, Minnesota.
On June 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to Arlis Gens. Arlis preceded James in death. He married Joyce Schoettler on May 25, 2000.
James worked as a parts manager for John Deere and proudly served his country in the US Air Force for 22 years. He was a member of the Eagle Lake American Legion where he was also the manager for 15 years. He was active in the VFW and the Sons of American Legion. He enjoyed horses and genealogy.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce Jennings; sons: Steven (Rita) Jennings, Randy (special friend, Melva) Jennings; granddaughter, Alysia Jennings; Joyce's family: Larry Schoettler, Chuck (Julie) Schoettler, Craig Schoettler; Margaret (special friend, Jeannine Johnson) Schoettler, Linda (Kristin) Boyes, Sue (Arik) Andersen, and Amy (Mike) O'Toole; 7 granddaughters; 8 grandsons; mother-in-law, Mary Baynes; brother, Bill (Joanne) McCloskey; sister, Cheryl (John) Bruestle; other extended family and many friends.
James was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlis; parents; and daughter, Susan Marie.
The family wishes to thank all of James' doctors and nurses for their outstanding care, specifically Dr. Kingsley Ihasherim.
And as Jim would say, "Be good to yourself".
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