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James Stevens, 79

James Stevens, age 79, of Delano, passed away Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

He was born June 14, 1938, in his family home in Montrose; and was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

Jim attended grade school in Montrose, and graduated from Buffalo High School, where he played many sports.

As a young boy, he delivered newspapers and when he was old enough, became part of the family business as a well driller, which was his lifelong passion. His wealth of knowledge in the well drilling industry led him to a job as a water well inspector for the State of Minnesota.

Jim was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Nancy Ditty, April 3, 1961. This union has been blessed with six children, 21 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Jim enjoyed many things in life, including playing baseball, softball, and bowling; having his head scratched, watching football and “60 Minutes;” fishing at Granite Lake, and history (he had an enhanced story “tale” for every topic). He was very proud that his birthday coincided with Flag Day.

Jim’s greatest love was spending time with his family. Every child and grandchild knew they were his “favorite,” and never left his side without a hug and the words, “I love you.” One of the greatest gifts Jim gave to his children and grandchildren was how he loved his wife.

Jim faced many challenges, and survived and thrived because of his faith, which he lived, showing by example that through God’s gift of love, you can overcome all things.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Margaret (Horsch) Stevens; and granddaughter, Kara Stevens.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy; children Chrissie (Rodger) Vieau, Bill (Sabrina), Jon (Brenda), Jill (Chris) Arens, Cay (Jason) Griep, and Becky (Jason) Groskreutz; favorite grandchildren Jordan, Amanda, Katie, Jay, Michael, Matthew, Josh, Anna, Abi, Sam, CoCo, Robbie, Roni Rose, Megan, Danielle, Maddie, Jackson, Ben, Bizzie, and Brendan; and great-granddaughter Lydia.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano. Interment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Delano.

There was visitation Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with an 8 p.m. prayer service; and visitation continued Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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