James Shofner, 78

James Shofner, 78, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

James Toralv Shofner was born Feb. 24, 1938 in Nimrod, to Rynard and Olga (Olson) Shofner.

He was baptized in the Baptist Church. He grew up in northern Minnesota, attending Park Rapids High School first, and graduating from Hibbing High School.

After high school, he lived in Aurora and worked in the iron mine.

He entered the US Army. After service, he came back to Aurora to work in the mine.

James later moved to Minneapolis and went to work for Bennett Material Handling, as a fork lift mechanic. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 2000.

In 1968, James married Connie Kimler.

James married Jo Ann Beyer-Gehrke Nov. 11, 1989. In 2001, the couple moved to Howard Lake.

James liked the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked old cars and restored a 1951 Cadillac.

He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49.

Family members include: wife Jo Ann of Howard Lake; son Michael (Tanisha) Shofner of Arden Hills; daughter Shelly (Justin) Pintabona of Petaluma, CA; stepson Tony Gehrke of Annandale; grandchildren: Abigail, Parker, Mason, Brittany, Shelby, Sara Jo, Dylan; great-grandchildren: Hailey, Devin, Raven, Karter, Arlo; brothers and sisters: Donna (deceased), Gene (Alice), Jerry (deceased) his wife Carol, Pete (Judy), Bard (Vicki), Barbara (Ronald), Sheryl, Caroline (John), Russell (Debbie), Allen (Mike) deceased, Laurie, Edna (deceased), and Elizabeth; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for James took place Sunday Feb. 19, 2017 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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