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James O. Menden, 81

James Owen Menden, age 81, of Winsted, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at his residence.

Funeral services will take place Monday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Dave Hormann will officiate, and Bruce Gatz will be the vocalist. Interment will follow at Winsted Public Cemetery.

There will be visitation Sunday, Jan. 26 at the church, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, one hour prior to the services.

Jim’s five grandsons and his god child, Sue Huepenbecker will be casket bearers.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

James was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Shakopee, the son of Herbert and Alice (Ploumen) Menden.

He was baptized Feb. 3, 1939, at Ascension Catholic Church in Norwood, and later instructed in the Lutheran Catechism. He was confirmed in the Christian faith Dec. 13, 1961, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

James was joined in holy marriage to Doris Jean Mielke Nov. 8, 1958, at the parsonage of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown Township. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Jim was formerly employed as a cheesemaker at Mid-Am in Winsted for over 40 years. He also delivered the Star Tribune for many years.

For the past 38 years, Jim has cut wood and heated his home with it. He enjoyed ice fishing, spearing, and going to car shows with his collector truck.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris Menden; children Kevin (Rose) Menden, Dawn (Mike) Laxen, and Rick (Sheryl) Menden, all of Winsted; grandchildren Racheal (Greg) Ackermann, Emily (Bryan) Schaust and Zachary Menden and friend Taylor; Jeremy Laxen and friend Rob, Stephanie (Tom) Fiecke and Stacy Laxen and friend Ryan; Jesse (Jenni) Menden, Jason (Helen) Menden, Jonathan (Brittney) Menden and Amber Menden and friend Philip; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Jeanne Vidlund, Betty Miller, Joy (Mike) Holloran, and Judy (Larry) Pelton; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Derald Menden in 1977; a sister, Marsha Dingwall; and by parents-in-law Herbert and Eillene Mielke.

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