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James Strutz

James G. Strutz, age 71, of Willmar, died Tuesday morning, October 4, at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London.

Memorial service will be held at 2 PM Friday, October 7, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorial are preferred.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  (www.petersonbrothers.com)

James Gary Strutz was born on December 15, 1944, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of William J. and  Sophie (Freidl) Strutz.  He grew up on a farm and attended country school for his first two grades.  The family moved to Watertown and Jim completed his education, graduating from Watertown High School in 1963.  His favorite sports during high school were wrestling and football. He was a state champion in wrestling in 1962.  He worked in gas stations in the Watertown area as a mechanic and pump jockey before going to work for F. W. Woolworth Co. in 1965 as an assistant manager for 3 1/2 years.  He was promoted to manager of the store in Redwood Falls, Minnesota in Sept. of 1968.  He married Joan Ellen Larsen on September 8, 1968 in Watertown, South Dakota and they made their home in Redwood Falls and Granite Falls, Minnesota.  To this marriage was born two daughters, Lori and Christie.  He worked at 22 different jobs for 25 different supervisors and touched a lot of lives in his lifetime.  They moved to Willmar in 2008 and began attending Bethel Lutheran.   Jim has been a member of AA since 1972.  He loved being with family and friends and enjoyed fishing, riding bike, walking, movies, reading, sharing feelings, building bird houses and feeders and most of all gardening.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joan of Willmar; two daughters, Lori (Kent) Warne of Newfolden and Christie (Bryan) Boutain of Gilbert, AZ, three grandchildren, Ty Warne, Bryanna and Jack Boutain and his dog Charlie.  Also surviving is one brother, Billy Strutz of Radcliffe, Iowa; two sisters, Kathy Rear of Clearlake, South Dakota, and Carol and (Larry) Koenig of Pine Island, Minnesota, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  one brother Lawrence Strutz and one sister, Shirley Daggett.



Visitation

OCT 7. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Bethel Lutheran Church

411 Becker Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

http://www.bethelinwillmar.org/

Celebration of Life

OCT 7. 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Bethel Lutheran Church

411 Becker Avenue SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

http://www.bethelinwillmar.org/


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Guestbook

Joan, Lori, and Christie, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Jim; I'll always remember his sense of humor and how he loved to laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Keith Daggett - October 07, 2016 at 10:12 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you as you mourn your loss.

Bruce Jellison - October 05, 2016 at 09:04 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Lori and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We did not know him well, but still remember a barefoot and carefree Jim walking up our road looking for Ty. Such a huge and friendly smile! May you find peace in his memory and comfort that you are loved!

Tammy Hansen - October 04, 2016 at 07:36 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Aunt Joan, Lori and Christie. So sorry for your loss. It was just 1 year ago tomorrow that I was going through the same thing losing mom. I know it is hard right now. Prayers of comfort and strength go out to you. We know that Uncle Jim has been released from his pain into the loving arms of Jesus. We know that is better, but it's hard now because he is missed.

Debbie Goertze - October 05, 2016 at 03:24 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Your friends from the City of Newfolden purchased the Floor Plant for Sympathy for the family of James Gary Strutz.

Your friends from the City of Newfolden - October 05, 2016 at 03:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Love, Tammy and Deon Hansen purchased the Dish Garden with Fresh Cut Flowers for the family of James Gary Strutz.

Love, Tammy and Deon Hansen - October 05, 2016 at 03:51 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Joan and family: So sorry to hear about Jim. He will be greatly missed. I am so happy that we got reconnected in our adult years even if it were just a few times. I remember watching him wrestle in Sioux Falls when he was a Senior and I was a Freshman. I was very proud to say that he was my cousin all those many years ago. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to you all Helen (Bell) and Jim McGuire.

Helen McGuire - October 05, 2016 at 04:42 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Many years ago, Jim worked at Plews in Granite Falls where we were in the same department, he was a hard worker 'n would help others when they were in need. Bless be his memory

Tom Hagen - October 06, 2016 at 09:08 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Tom Hagen lit a candle in memory of James Gary Strutz

Tom Hagen - October 06, 2016 at 09:01 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Lori Warne - October 06, 2016 at 09:51 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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