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“My deepest sympathy to you all. Jim was my neighbor at the lake. Always enjoyed his company. He and my dad Ted were also firends here at the lake. I...Read More »
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“May God bless the family during their time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you always. ”
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“TAP Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, Peaceful sleep,...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Robert and Linda Thurston - AR

“Rest In Peace Uncle Jim. You will be missed. ”
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“We will miss you Uncle Jim. So many good memories - we will never forget. Teresa and Richard~ ”
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James A. Thurston, 92 of Watkins, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at St. Cloud Veterans Hospital. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Fr. Richard Gross officiated. Inurnment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. James A. Thurston was born on January 14, 1921 at Canfield, Arkansas. He was the son of James and Exie (Holmes) Thurston. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. James was united in marriage to Laura McDonald on December 11, 1951 in Minneapolis. James owned and operated a Sinclair gas service station in Minneapolis for many years. After he sold the gas station, they moved to a lake home near South Haven. His wife, Laura passed away in 1985 and James moved to Watkins in 1991. He worked part time at Arnold Chevrolet in Watkins for about four years. James was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and he especially enjoyed mentoring kids in Minneapolis at the gas station. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Deb and Jerry Oster of Watkins, James and Chris Thomas of Erie, PA; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother and sister, Ruby Thurston of Erie, PA, Lula and August Butler of Independence, MO He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Laura; sisters, Alda Mae Higgins, Hazel Thurston in infancy; brothers, Harvey, Robert, Lloyd, and Floyd Thurston.

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