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James Deiter, 81

James Deiter, age 81, left this life Tuesday, Dec. 8, at his home in Howard Lake. With him were Nancy, his wife of over 58 years, and other family.

James was born in Redfield, SD, June 19, 1939, to Clarence and Malinda Deiter. Raised on a farm near Frankfort, SD, he attended the Rosebud school through eighth grade. His high school years were spent in Frankfort, where he graduated in 1957.

In 1961, Jim moved to Benson, MN, where he met Nancy Dokken, his wife to be. They married in 1962, spending the next seven years on the family farm near Frankfort. During those years, Robin and William were born.

In 1969, they moved to Minnesota, where they remained the rest of his life. A son, Jason, was born in 1973, and for the last 42 years they lived in Howard Lake.

Jim worked for Eaton Corporation in Eden Prairie for 32 years, retiring in 2001. His favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, and country music. He taught himself to play guitar, and passed it on to his children.

Jim’s greatest pleasure was his family, and he worked his whole life to care for them.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Malinda Deiter; sister, Marian West; parents-in-law, Garfield and Jonnette Dokken; and his sister-in-law, Gretchen Hellie.

He is survived by his widow, Nancy; his children, Robin, William (Carol), and Jason (Sheri). He is further survived by grandchildren, Dana Deiter, Jeremiah Smith, Ellie Deiter, Chase Deiter, Sabrina Hill, and Joseph Hill; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service took place Monday, Dec. 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake beginning at 11 a.m., with visitiation at 10 a.m. Internment will be in the spring at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield, SD, near his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Ridgeview Hospice or the music department at St. John‘s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, MN.

The family was served by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Homes of Howard Lake, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-543-3401.

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