The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 3, 2013

Vance Watkins

—   Vance Watkins, age 85, of Saint James, MN died on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at his home.

  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 to 11 am at the St. James Catholic Church, St. James.

  Service will be held at the St. James Catholic Church, on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 11:00 am.

  The clergy will be Father Thien Nguyen.

  Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Saint James, MN.

  Military honors by the St. James Honor & Rifle Squad.

  Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James, MN.

  Online condolences may be left for the family at

  Known for his good disposition and wit, Vance will be especially missed by his wife of 61 years, Lois, sons Vance, Jr. (Christine) of Colorado Springs, CO, Mike (Nancy) of Walla Walla, WA, Matt, (Karen) of Elk River, MN and daughter Nanette (Roger) of Northfield, MN.  Other survivors include sisters Jennie Lorenz, Zeli Lorenz and Laura Lorenz all of Trimont, sister-in-law Viola Watkins of Darfur and many nieces and nephews.

  Vance was preceded in death by his parents, son, Tom, brother Art, and sister June.

  Memorial donations to charitable organizations of your choice.