James Outly, 83

James Edward Outly, age 83, of Delano, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, St. Peter’s campus.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in St. Martha’s Hall of the St. Peter campus.

Visitation will continue Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in St. Martha’s Hall prior to the Mass.

Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.

Jim was born July 29, 1938, to William and Ida (Clark) Outly, in Monticello, MN.

Jim grew up on the family farm and graduated from Maple Lake High School. He was president of his FFA chapter, sang in choir, repaired farm equipment, and played accordion.

He considered a life in the priesthood, but his love of music drew him to a Saturday-night dance where he met his future bride.

He was united in marriage to Doris Hausladen July 2, 1958, at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly. To this union, five children were blessed. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He spent as much time as possible outdoors, snowmobiling, hunting, camping and fishing – in a boat or on the ice.

Jim was a member of the Delano Sportsman’s Club for many years, and believed deeply in its mission of responsible stewardship.

He spent time and care passing his pursuits to his children and grandchildren, camping with extended family and giving rides on the 4-wheeler to the great-grandchildren when the weather allowed.

No matter how crazy the world around him became, he found inspiration, peace, and the Divine in the wilderness.

Jim was mechanically inclined and possessed the ability to create things with his hands. A skilled sheet metal fabricator, he worked with wood, cement, and metal, creating custom designs for private sale or the local sport shop. His creations include depth-finders, wood stoves, display racks, spice racks, bookshelves, and more. He enjoyed the challenge of filling a need with a unique, custom-made creation, managing the process from concept sketching to fabrication, finishing, and delivery.

He cultivated his passions for the outdoors, metal and woodworking, and accordion music until recently when his health diminished.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; and son, Joe.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Johnson; children, Bill Outly, Theresa Vick, Rebecca (Laszlo) Nemesi, Ben Outly; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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