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James Everett Magnuson, age 83 of Cannon Falls, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at his home at Twin Rivers Senior Campus, Cannon Falls.
Jim was born on July 20, 1934 in Red Wing, MN, the son of Carl E. and Gladys V. (Anderson) Magnuson. He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1952, and went to work for Kimmes as a heavy equipment operator until 1968. He then was employed as a maltster with Minnesota Malting, Cannon Falls until 1998. He retired but decided he had too much time on his hands so picked up some part time jobs gathering eggs at the Ferndale Turkey Farm, mowing at the Summit Golf Course, and stuffing flyers at the Cannon Falls Beacon.
He married Leona R. Tlougan on April 15, 1957 and they raised four children. Jim was a member of First English Lutheran Church, and was a volunteer driver in the Cannon Falls community.
Jim loved to travel. He visited all 50 states, many of them more than once; most of the Canadian provinces, Mexico, and 5 of the 7 continents. He also loved playing cards, casino trips, and driving around the countryside. The 4th of July was the highlight of the year for Jim when the family got together at his condo to watch the parade, have a cookout, take a trip down to the fair, and finish off the festivities with the fireworks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Leona on October 20, 2004.
He is survived by his children, Sheryl (Donald) Pischke of Dodge Center, Randy of Northfield, Russ (Julie) of St. Louis Park, and Kendyl (Lynn) of Valley Center, CA; six grandchildren, Ben (Tisha) Pischke, Jay (Lupita) Pischke, Kate Pischke (Zack Farnham), Jenny Magnuson, Tony Magnuson, and Stephanie Magnuson; great-grandchildren Leah Pischke, Simon Pischke, and Gabriel Magnuson; special friend, Bev Stedman of Cannon Falls and Bev's family who adopted him as one of their own, especially Gianna and Marco Previte, who thought of him as grandpa; brother Carl “Lyle” Magnuson of South St. Paul; sister, Ann (Byron) Bailey of Superior, Montana; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls. Following lunch, interment will be held at Spring Garden Lutheran Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred in Jim’s memory to the American Diabetes Association-Minneapolis/St. Paul, 8000 W. 78th St., Suite 175, Edina, MN 55439.