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“I met Jimmy just a few months ago but wish I would of known him longer, he was a gem that had a loving, kind and patient family. Miss him. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Sue Nelson

“Your dad was such a joy to care for. Thanks for letting me be a small part of that. May you hold onto memories of him dearly. It was so nice to spend...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Anonymous

“Jimmy, Suzanne and Kate - We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Mike and Jen Henderson

“Jim's passing is a loss to many. I will always remember him for his kind and friendly smile that only makes me wish I had known him better. Sincere...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Fulford

“To Jimmy , Suzanne and Kate and all the family! Sending words of sympathy and love. A fathers love is a strong bond - hold on to all the great...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Lane Monk

“Jimmy, Suzanne, and Kate and family we are so sorry for your lose. We so enjoyed Jim, he was so welcoming, kind, and caring just a gem of a guy. He...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Dave and Kathy Moritz family

“Jim is one of a kind, very caring to me, from buying clothes at Bob's Clothes Shop to a personal friend all the years afterwards. Always words of...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Robb Steinbring

“We would like to express our sincere sympathy and sorrow for your loss. Our prayers and support are with you. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: The Blackwell family

“Much love and support to you. We have such fond memories of your family. Gene Karnis and Shelly Karnis ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Shelly Karnis

“Sending so many prayers and love your way. Your momma met me and walked him into the house of the lord and together they now are a dynamic duo once...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Cyrese Kragenbring

“Jimmy was a good dude. I remember Bob's clothes shop very well indeed. Got my first summer job working there during Crazy Days of '62. He'll...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Morry Duenow

“So sorry Jimmy, Suzanne and Kate! Your dad always had a smile for everyone and was so kind! Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to you all! ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Laura (Rodel) Ogren

“Many prayers for this beautiful family. Jimmy was a wonderful man. We enjoyed our visits as he always had a smile and a great laugh. He was...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Cindy and Mark Storhaug

“Prayers for his family. ”
14 of 22 | Posted by: Renee (Flaig) Leighton

“My deepest sympathy for your loss Kate and family. Bonnie and Jimmie are reunited. Praying for you all. ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Patty Johnson

“Uncle Jimmy was a great man. Always giving and helping us Wood kids when we visited Alexandria. Many wonderful memories. At his house, on the lake...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Wood

“My deepest sympathy for your lose Kate. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Pradeepa Kjelden

“Dear Jimmy, Suzanne, and Kate - I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great man. I have so many fond memories of both him and your mom. ...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Stacey (Niedenfuer) Crosby

“Jim, I'm so sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers to you, my friend. Jessie (Niedenfuer) Wacek & family ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: Jessie Wacek

“Jim, sorry to hear of your father's passing. He promoted Alexandria in so many ways from the JC's to filming alex football games from up on the roof....Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Warren Stefanski

“Thinking of all of you and remembering what a nice guy Jimmy was. Always smiling. God Bless your memories. Sandy and Bill Buckner ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Sandy Buckner

“Dear Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all! May your sorrows gently fade away. May the beautiful yesterdays remain in your hearts! So Thankful...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Jerry & Joyce Guenther

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James Ferdinand Chan, known to many as “Jim” or “Jimmy” was born on April 25, 1935, in Alexandria, Minnesota to Robert and Esther (Reichert) Chan. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and at the age of 7, he and his twin brother, Bobby, started their active lives in the church and became altar servers. At 8 years of age he joined Boy Scouts and earned the Ad Altare Dei Award, was elected to the Order of the Arrow, and at age 14 he became an Eagle Scout. As an adult he was awarded the highest council recognition, the Silver Beaver. Jim graduated from Alexandria High School in 1954 and furthered his education at St. John’s University. In 1956, he transferred to the Minnesota School of Business and was President of his Class in 1957. He graduated with an Advertising & Merchandising Degree. In 1957, Jimmy and his twin brother Bobby began working with their father at Bob’s Clothes Shop in Alexandria. Many remember their slogan, “Bob and the Twins Want to See You!” They were named Retailer of the Year in 1970 and received the Distinguished Merchant Award in 1971. In 1967, Jim married the love of his life, Bonnie Conrad, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo, North Dakota. To this union three children were born: Jimmy, Suzanne, and Kate. The family enjoyed time at their home on Lake Le Homme Dieu where many wonderful memories were made. He loved to golf, hunt, fish and be on the lake with family and friends. Of course he enjoyed a good cigar with some J & B scotch. In 1992, Jimmy and Bobby sold the family business and Jimmy began his second successful career with Catholic United. He enjoyed several successful years there and retired in 2007. He was very active in the Alexandria community. He was a member of the Downtowners, Jaycees (1967 Man of the Year Award), Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Alexandria Golf Club, Lakes Area Association, and Lions Club. Jim was a Board Member of the Alexandria Technical College, Douglas County Library Foundation, St. Mary’s School Board & Cemetery Board. Jim will be remembered as a kind, loving, inspirational man with a deep-rooted faith. He had a great sense of humor and always wanted to make people smile and feel special. He was a real problem solver and gave good advice to his family and friends, reminding them to always have a “Plan B.” He was fun to be around and seemed to find a way to have fun in every situation. He put family first and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was a faithful servant to the Lord. Jim passed away at the age of 82 on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 surrounded by his three children. He is survived by his children: James Matthew of Alexandria, Suzanne Elizabeth (Landry) Streich of Alexandria, Kathryn JoAnn (Jason) Anderson of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren: Samuel James, Kayla Christine & Nicholas David Anderson; sister, Mary Rae Wood of Peoria, AZ; sisters and brothers-in-law: Karyn Chan, Susan & Curtis Bring, Judy & Steve Smith, Jim Conrad, Jane Conrad; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; twin brother, John Robert Chan; parents, Esther & Robert Chan; brother-in-law, Richard Wood; mother and father-in-law, William & Marion Conrad. Memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Trust Fund, St. Mary’s Cemetery, and Douglas County Hospice. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary, 7:00 p.m. Parish Prayer Service) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home.

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