James (Jim) Strandell, 86, Grand Forks, N.D., died of natural causes Oct. 31 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Minnesota. His family requests no flowers. Donations may be sent to Peace Hospice, Great Falls, or the Children's Receiving Home.
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Jim was born in Lengby, Minn., on Jan 6, 1926, to Ann (Sulvedt) and John Strandell. Jim grew up on the farm near Lengby and later moved to a farm by Clearbrook, Minn. He has always been a hard worker. Working on the farm while growing up and would drive from Grand Forks, N.D., to Minnesota almost every weekend with kids in tow for most of his life. His first job was to get to the school early and start the stove in a one room school house. He worked for Holsem Bread Co. from 1947-1971 and Eddies Bakery from 1971-1987. He also worked for Starline Bus Line Co. while working for Holsom. If he wasn't working he was fixing something, always trying to figure out how to make it work better. He liked mowing the grass and watching old western reruns, but his favorite thing to do was visiting his children and playing with his grandchildren. His love of children was shown by the many foster children he and his wife, Rose, took in and the day care they later ran at their home.
He married the love of his life, Rose, on April 10, 1950. After 50 years together, he lost his love to cancer.
Jim is survived by his children Wynell (Tracy) Marquis of Sand Coulee, Stuart (Roba) Strandell of Great Falls, Mike (Jeannie) Strandell of Grand Forks, Lori (Don) Wason of Humbolt, Idaho, Robert (Tami) Strandell of Fisher, Minn., and Kim (Nick) Nellos of Wichita Falls, Texas; and sister-in-law Jackie Strandell of Cascade; 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Rose (Swatzky); parents John and Ann Strandell; sister Beverly Strandell; and brothers Clyde Strandell, and Roger Strandell.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 4, 2012