James Edward Patnode, age 79, of Corcoran, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Minneapolis, the son of Elmer and Margaret Gleason Patnode.
James was joined in holy marriage with Beverly J. Pettit Sept. 15, 1956, at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran. God blessed their marriage with seven children.
James and Beverly engaged in dairy farming for many years. Jim was a Cargill Seed dealer. In 1966, he was named The Outstanding Young Farmer of Hennepin County.
He also belonged to The Northland Oliver Club, and was a Midland Co-op board member.
Jim enjoyed farming and visiting.
He was a faithful, longtime member of St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; children Gary Patnode, Dan (Cindy) Patnode, Daryl (Lori) Patnode, all of Corcoran, Mona (Peter) Kurtz of Overland Park, KS, Loren (Vickie) Patnode of Baxter, Donna Jacobs, and Brian (Christina) Patnode, all of Corcoran; grandchildren Kara, Danielle, and Brandt; Nick, Noah and Amy; Briana and Andrew; Dan and Emma; Jake, Emily, Brad, and Kyle; Olivia and Maggie; and Vanyssa; sisters and a brother: Lorraine (Dick) Benson, Marion (Grant) Merrill, all of Colorado. and Mike Patnode of Corcoran; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Patnode; his parents, Elmer and Margaret; and by a brother, Eugene.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Corcoran with Father George Kinney as the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Jeanne de Chantel Cemetery in Corcoran.
Visitation was Sunday, April 22 at the St. Thomas Hall from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Monday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Brad Patnode, Kyle Patnode, and Brandt Patnode.
Casket bearers were Jake Patnode, Noah Patnode, Kara Kreatz, Andrew Patnode, Amy Patnode, and Dan Kurtz.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Memorials are suggested for The Kidney Foundation.