James I. Mindrup, 64, of North Branch, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at his son’s home in Owensboro, Ky.
James was born Dec. 21, 1947 in Rush City to parents, Henry and Myrtle (Ogren) Mindrup and was the youngest of three children. He was raised on a farm in rural Harris, and attended grade school in Harris and graduated from North Branch High School in 1966. Jim worked construction right out of high school before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1968. He served during the Vietnam War. After his return from military duty, he met and married Patricia Butler of North Branch. They settled in North Branch and raised their two children, Tammy and Jamie. Jim operated Denny’s North Star Service Station in North Branch, and was later employed for nearly 20 years with Johnson Screens of New Brighton, from which he retired in 1996. Jim served on the North Branch Fire Department from 1972 to 1992; he also served as a council member from 1982 to 1985 and as mayor from 1985 to 1987. He was a member of the North Branch American Legion and VFW as well as a member of the Living Branch Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities. He loved to go fishing and hunting with wife Pat and spending time with his grandchildren.
James is survived by his son, Jamieson (Christine) Mindrup of Owensboro, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Alexander, Jordan, Gabriel James, Calvin, Jonathan Patrick and Elsie Grace Mindrup from Owensboro, Ky. and Henry Jung of Maplewood. Jim is preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy in January of 2010 and his wife, Pat in November of 2010; brother, Gordy, sister, Margaret and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at Living Branch Lutheran Church in North Branch with Pastor Steve Ferber officiating. The Living Branch Worship Team will provide music. Interment following the service at Oak Grove Cemetery at Harris. Serving as casket bearers are Alexander Mindrup, Rick Miller, Chad Butler, Curt Blomquist, Brent Williams and Dale Torgerson. Visitation was held on Tuesday at Grandstrand Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Military honors will be provided by the North Branch VFW and American Legion Posts.
Jim went to be with The Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He had been resting in the promises found in Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.