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James K. McPadden, 85

James K. “Jim” McPadden, age 85, of Waconia, formerly of Mayer, passed away peacefully Monday, March 5, 2012, in Salinas, CA, surrounded by his family.

He was born April 27, 1926, in Mayer, the son of William M. and Esther S. (Volkenant) McPadden. Jim was baptized into the Christian faith May 9, 1926, and confirmed March 17, 1940, at the United Methodist Church in Mayer.

Jim served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific.

He married Deloris F. Carlson Jan. 5, 1947, in Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. The couple lived in Watertown until 1957, when they moved to Salinas, CA.

Jim worked for Streater’s Industries until 1971. His career then took him to Oregon, New York, and Illinois before he and Deloris retired and moved back to Mayer in 1978. In 2011, Jim and Deloris relocated to Waconia, where they are currently living at Westview Acres.

Jim felt honored to have been able to go to Washington, DC to see the World War II Memorial. His favorite pastimes were playing the concertina, gardening, and wood working, and he was an accomplished cabinet maker for 50 years.

Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was kind and loving, and had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Esther McPadden; sisters Jean Hendricks and Muriel McPadden; brother Dale McPadden; daughter-in-law Marlene “Molly” (Schmakel) McPadden; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Ellen Carlson; sisters-in-law Lorraine Strassburg, and Deanna Carlson; and brother-in-law, Bud Brown.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Deloris McPadden of Waconia; sons, Gary McPadden (Evelyn Budde) of Avon, and Steven (Kathleen Larson) McPadden of Salinas, CA; daughters Carol McPadden, Barbara (Bill) Olea, all of Salinas, CA; granddaughter Amy (Doug) Ash of Salinas, CA; great-granddaughter Lindsay Ash; step great-grandchildren, Blake Ash and Faith Houston of Salinas, CA; step grandchildren, Eric Olea and Christina Olea of Salinas, CA; and step great-grandchildren, Brianne Olea and Brandi Olea of Salinas, CA.

He is further survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marilyn McPadden of Waconia, LaVonne Brown of Nashua, NH, Jolene and Paul Akins of Watertown, Robert and Dorothy Carlson of Colorado Springs, CO, Loren and Joyce Carlson of Shakopee, and Dean Carlson of Montrose; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and many cherished friends.

A funeral service took place Friday March 16 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Revs. Shannon Bauer and Bruce Nelson officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown, with military honors conducted by the Waconia VFW and the Waconia American Legion.

Casket bearers were Jeff McPadden, Mike McPadden, Bob McPadden, Zach Carlson, Nate Carlson, Mike Lynch, and Kevin Florek.

Memorials can be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.