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James B. Svee

1937 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
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James B. Svee, 76

Capitola, California

August 11, 1937 ~ August 27, 2013

Jim passed away August 27, 2013 at his home in Capitola, California. He was 76 years old. His daughter, Sonja, was with him when he died.

Jim was born August 11, 1937 to Eunice and Bernard Svee, of Alexandria, Minnesota. He was the oldest of four children. Later, his family moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he spent his boyhood and attended local schools.

Jim joined the United States Air Force in 1954 where he became a Loadmaster flying all over the world. He spent six years in the Air Force before returning to Minnesota where he attended vocational school and learned welding.

In 1963, he moved to California and became a member of the Ironworkers Union #377. He worked many welding jobs up and down the coast of California.

In 1977, Jim moved to Santa Cruz and later to Capitola, California where he was known to his many friends as "Jimbo."

Jim spent many happy hours at the Capitola Wharf kibitzing with his friends. He became instant friends with strangers whom he had just met. Jim always had a ready story to entertain, amuse and sometimes even shock to those who "gave a listen."

Jim will be greatly missed by one and all. Jim is survived by his daughter, Sonja and his granddaughter, Amanda, both of Santa Cruz. He is also survived by his siblings; his brother Richard of Santa Cruz, and his brother Jerome (Michelle) of Duluth, Minnesota, and his sister Marion (Richard) of Seminole, Florida. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins in Florida and Minnesota.

The family would especially like to thank Jim's devoted caregiver, Jean Dodge and the staff of the Veteran's Administration of Ft. Ord for their much needed assistance.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the VFW Hall on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2259 7th Ave. S. from 2 - 5 P.M., Capitola CA.

Interment will be private.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Sept. 10, 2013
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