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James A. Tack, 66

James Alvin (Jim) Tack, age 66, of Willmar, formerly of Cokato, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

Memorial services will take place Monday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar, and will continue Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lutheran Social Services or the American Red Cross.

Jim was born Dec. 5, 1945, in Cokato, to Alvin and Gladys (Isaacson) Tack. He was baptized and confirmed at Cokato Lutheran Church, and attended Cokato schools, graduating in 1963.

He then attended St. Cloud State University, where he met his future wife, Sharon Nerem. In 1968, they married in Lamberton, MN, and had just celebrated 44 years of marriage Sept. 21.

In 1971, Jim graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall, where he also played football. In 1972, Jim and Sharon moved to Norman, OK, where Jim attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma.

After Jim received his master’s degree in clinical social work in 1974, they settled in Des Moines, IA, where Jim worked for the Family Counseling Center.

In 1979, he became employed at Woodland Centers in Willmar, where he worked as a clinical social worker and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists supervisor for 31 years.

After retiring from Woodland Centers, Jim continued to work part time as a clinical social worker at Lutheran Social Services. He was dedicated to his clients, and touched many lives in positive ways.

Jim enjoyed traveling, especially when his children were young, to such places as Yellowstone, Aspen, Glacier National Park, Washington DC, the Sunshine Mine in Idaho, Canada, a Boundary Waters Canoe trip with his son, and numerous other places.

He followed politics with great fervor, and was a faithful viewer of MSNBC. An ardent supporter of all Minnesota sports, Jim was also a member of the YMCA and prided himself on physical fitness whether it was running, biking, or working out at the Y.

He enjoyed the peace he found at his mother-, and father-in-law’s farm, but the most peace he had in his life was taking comfort and enjoyment in his wife, children and most especially his grandchildren, Andrew and Emma.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, of Willmar; son Peter Tack and his daughter, Emma, of Edina; daughter Martha Tack and her son, Andrew, of Willmar; his father- and mother-in-law, Raymond and Arlene Nerem of Lamberton; a brother, Alan; sisters-in-law Audrey Tack, Linda Williams, and Joyce (and Paul) Dawson; nephews Howard, John and Nat, and their families; nieces Mari, Joanne, Laura, Karen, Julie and their families; many cousins; and special friends Bob and Joyce Jacobson; and Jim’s grandson’s dog, Percy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Howard; his beloved dogs, Duncan and Croxie; and cat, Callie.