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James R. Sandbo, 69

James “Jim” Roger Sandbo, age 69, of Norwood Young America, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 12, 1944, in Windom, the son of Olaf and Alvina (Weber) Sandbo. James was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Windom.

He received his grade school education in Windom. and graduated from the Windom High School with the class of 1962.

James was united in marriage to Carol Eichner Sept. 22, 1963, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Windom. Jim and Carol made their home in Windom for a few years, before moving to Alexandria, where Jim worked maintenance at a resort on St. Mary’s Lake.

A couple years later, the couple moved to Winsted, where Jim was instrumental in the newspaper press. In 1978, they moved to rural Waconia; while there Jim would work to eventually own Core Printing, located in Norwood Young America.

After that endeavor, Jim owned a Cologne print shop, before turning to driving truck. The couple briefly moved to Glencoe, before moving to Young America in 1993.

Their marriage was blessed with two children, Leah and Ji. Jim and Carol recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Jim served on the Winsted Fire Department, was a member of the Jaycees, and also a member of the Howard Lake Masonic Lodge.

A true outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed visiting the North Woods, fly fishing, hunting with his faithful dogs, camping, and canoeing. He didn’t like crowds, but enjoyed people, and treasured intimate conversation with family and friends.

James is survived by his wife, Carol Sandbo of Norwood Young America; children Leah Sandbo and her significant other, Tim Steffl, of Prior Lake, and Ji Sandbo of Norwood Young America; granddaughter Lauren Steffl of Prior Lake; brother Kenneth Sandbo and his wife, JoAnn, of Windom; brothers-in-law Dwayne Eichner and his wife, Denise, of Dovray, and Michael Eichner and his wife, Marjorie, of Windom; sister-in-law LaVonne Simola of Big Lake; stepbrothers and stepsisters; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alvina Sandbo; father and stepmother, Olaf and Marie Sandbo; and a brother, Dennis Sandbo.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America.

There was a gathering of family and friends Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Paul-McBride Chapel in Norwood Young America, which continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Paul-McBride Chapel in Norwood Young America.