James George Uldrych, age 77, of Cokato, formerly of Howard Lake, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at the Cokato Manor.
He was born June 12, 1933, to James Anton and Olga (Skocdopole) Uldrych in Oak Park, IL. James was baptized May 27, 1945, believing on Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.
He attended Cornerstone (formerly Olivet Baptist Church) in Crystal for many years, and most recently, First Baptist Church of Cokato.
James graduated from high school and Morton Jr. College in the Chicago area. He then graduated from Sioux Falls College, in Sioux Falls, SD, and attended Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago and Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, KS.
James served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Camanche, IA, where he was ordained.
He met Jean Ditlevson at Sioux Falls College. They were married June 22, 1957, at the Clarks Grove Baptist Church in Clarks Grove, MN.
The couple lived in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota. While in Minnesota, they resided in Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, Maple Grove, and Howard Lake. During those years, James served his greater community as a social worker for Hennepin County. He retired in March 1997.
A good listener, who cared for everyone, regardless of their physical, mental, emotional, or social needs, James valued his family and his long-term friends.
James is survived by his sister, Joyce Toy and her family; his wife, Jean and their children, Jay, Jon, Jana and Joel Uldrych; and grandchildren, Linda, Dana, Erica, Carter, Evan, Robert, Kaitlyn Uldrych, and John, David and Timothy Duncan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Olga Uldrych.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato, with the Revs. Dan Swanson and Bruce Miller officiating. Music was provided by Jan Ostroot and Kathy Hendrickson. Interment was at Clarks Grove Cemetery, Clarks Grove, MN.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.
Casket bearers were Evan Uldrych, Robert Uldrych, Jonathan Gregerson, David Duncan, Craig Thornton, and David Toy.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.