James E. Anderson, Sr., age 79, of Loretto, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in the presence of his family.
He was born in 1933, in Detroit Lakes, to John and Eleanore (Olson) Anderson, the oldest of eight children.
Jim served in the US Air Force for 10 years in the security forces and law enforcement profession, including a tour in Korea during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge from the Air Force after a distinguished 10 years of service.
Upon leaving the military, he worked as a security officer for the Ford Motor Company before going on to serve over 20 years in law enforcement. Jim served at the University of Minnesota Police Department as a patrol officer, and with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked in the jail and patrol division, and supervised the Water Patrol and Emergency Rescue Squad for many years. Jim concluded his distinguished law enforcement career in 1991, retiring from St. Bonifacius/Minnetrista Police Department.
He was united in marriage to Evelyn Ann Podominick Nov. 8, 1958, at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Keewatin.
He and Evelyn have been members of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church for almost 40 years. Jim was also a member of the Hamel American Legion Post 394.
Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, old westerns, and his latest passion: cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eleanore Anderson; brothers Grant, Darrell, and Deo; and sister Bette Anderson.
Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn; children Jacalyn (Brian) Nelson, Jean (Nathan) Breitung, and James Jr. (Jodie) Anderson; grandchildren Andrea and Joshua Breitung; and siblings Leo, Harris (Linda), John (Joyce), Rosie (Buddy) Gunderson, and Dorothy (Norm) Vogt.
A celebratory Mass took place Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Medina, with visitation for one hour prior to Mass in the church.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.