James Donald Lammers, age 87, a lifelong resident of Waverly, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018, at his home in Howard Lake.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with Father Kenneth O’Hotto as the celebrant. Interment with military rites will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
There will be visitation Friday, April 13 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., continuing Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Honorary casket bearers will be Jim’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Annella Lammers, Miguel Lammers, Bren Fox, Ayla Fox, Cali Jo Fox, Elliot Ediger, Kennedy Ediger, Laine Lammers, Tilly Goede, Lucie Goede, Greta Goede, and Beckett Lammers.
Casket bearers will be his grandchildren: James R. Lammers, Angela Fox, Apollo Lammers, Dalton Lammers, Quinn Lammers, Athena Ediger, Shea Lammers, Cleo Lammers, and Mark Welter.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.
James, better known as Jim, was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Waverly, the son of George and Lucy (nee Gromotka) Lammers.
He graduated from St. Mary’s Parochial School in Waverly in 1948, where he met Annella Negus.
Jim and Annella were married Sept. 26, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, and lived on the family farm in Marysville Township, where they raised six children.
After serving as a military policeman in the US Army during the Korean War, Jim returned to Waverly to pursue a career in agriculture.
In 1963, he was offered a position as police officer in Howard Lake. In 1964, he was offered a job by Chief of Police Tom O’Connell to become a police officer in Waverly, and succeeded O’Connell upon his retirement to become chief of police later that year. Jim was later hired by the Wright County Sheriff’s Department as a patrol deputy in 1969.
Apart from his work as a full-time deputy, Jim was a fourth-generation full-time farmer, which helped instill a hard work ethic in his children.
He also had a huge love of dogs, who were faithful companions to him for nearly his entire life, including his last dog, Winston, who he paired with to win an owner/dog look-alike contest.
Upon his retirement from the Wright Country Sheriff’s Department in September 1987, Jim took up a hobby of restoring antique tractors, which he was passionate about, and continued to do until recently.
Most of all, Jim loved spending time with his children and their spouses, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his children: Greg “Chopper” (Raquel) Lammers of Waverly, Richard (Judi) Lammers of Howard Lake, LuAnn (Mike) Lammers-Olson of Waverly, George Lammers III of Park Rapids, Tim (Patty) Lammers of Waverly, and Lisa (Mike) Goede of Waverly; grandchildren Annella, Miguel, Angela (Darren), Jim (Ann), Shea, Athena (Nate), Apollo, Dalton, Cleo, Quinn, Laine, Tilly, Lucie and Greta; and great-grandchildren Bren, Ayla, Cali Jo, Elliot, Kennedy and Beckett.
Jim is also survived by his sister, Pat Welter of Robbinsdale; and his late wife Annella’s aunt and close family friend, Helen Heath of Plymouth; as well as scores of other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Annella, Dec. 31, 1996; his parents, George and Lucy Lammers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Dorothy Negus; brother-in-law Lyle Welter; sister-in-law Marge (Negus); and brother-in-law Bob Kovensky; and an infant granddaughter.