James H. Eddy, 85

James H. Eddy, age 85, of Winona, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away at home Wednesday, July 3, 2019, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 23, 1933, in Howard Lake, to Howard and Mary Rose (O’Loughlin) Eddy.

James graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1951.

He proudly served in the US Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, and continued service in the Marine Corps Reserves through 1974.

After leaving the service, James resumed his studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, and graduated in 1958, with a bachelor of science degree. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, OK, with a master’s degree in 1960; and a doctor of philosophy degree (PHD) in 1971.

Jim was a professor at Winona State University from 1965 to 1995, in the political science department.

He married Mary Reglin Feb. 11, 1967 in Winona. The couple raised their two sons, Christopher and Chad, in Winona.

Jim was active in Cathedral of Sacred Heart; a past member of the Unified Catholic School Board; Park and Trails Council of Minnesota; past president of Friends of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge; Leon J. Wetzel American Legion Post 9; Marine Corps Officer Association; Hiawatha Valley Marines; chair of Toys for Kids; WSU chair of the Political Science Department; and as a committee member of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Jim’s dedication to altruistic efforts will reverberate for years to come.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary; brother William; and sister Catherine.

Jim is survived by his sons, Christopher of Miami, FL, and Chad of Phoenix, AZ; and a granddaughter, Delfina.

A memorial service took place Monday, July 8 at 11 a.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home in Winona, with visitation starting at 10 am. The Rev. Mark McNea officiated at the service, and private inurnment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona.

Memorials may be directed to Winona Area Toys for Kids, addressed to Winona Community Foundation, 51 E. 4th St., Suite 314, Winona, MN 55987.

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home in Winona and Fountain City, WI. Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at fawcett-junkertfuneralhome.com.

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