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James "Jim" Felling

February 27, 1947 — May 27, 2023

Sauk Centre, Minnesota

James "Jim" Felling

 

Our country is in mourning, a Veteran died today.

 

James J. "Jim" Felling, age 76 of Sauk Centre, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Jim will be laid to rest at a private ceremony at Fort Snelling.

James was born in St. Paul, MN. After graduating from Mechanic Arts High School, in St. Paul, he was proud to have served in Vietnam (1966-68). One of his treasured accomplishments was to earn two Purple Hearts and several other service medals: Army Good Conduct; Vietnam Service Medal w/three Bronze Service Stars; Sharpshooter Marksmanship Qualification Badge; Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Jim was a talented musician, known for Elvis renditions, performed with regional bands in the 70’s and 80’s, most notably the “Facts of Five” and “Roving Gamblers”. Later, he moved to Sauk Centre and resided on Sauk Lake.

Jim was known to many as “Mr. Lucky”. He was a firearm enthusiast, enjoyed spending time with friends, running into the Felling and Walz relatives, feeding the Mallards, playing ball with the dog, constantly making home improvements and shopping. Jim had the highest regard for the Police Officers in town and was proud to know all their names. There wasn’t anything Jim and his meticulous self could not fix; his way was always the ‘right way’. He was talented in many areas: Makita Sales Representative, Optical Lab Technician, Professional Locksmithing, and sold cars/campers. Jim enjoyed sharing his musical talents by hosting Karaoke at several establishments in town.

He was a proud patriot and loved his country. If anyone had conversation with Jim, his passion was clearly evident.  Jim served as Finance Officer in the Little Sauk Legion, Post 417 and continued his involvement and promoter of the Legion until his passing. He enjoyed creating and maintaining the Legion website and assisting the Legion and Auxiliary with their projects.  He enjoyed computer technology and being asked by TJ to create/burn the CD for the Sauk Centre Girls’ Softball Team and maintaining the Diamond Point Website. Jim enjoyed singing with son, Tony, spending time with friends and relatives on the lake, boating, Poker Walks with the ‘group’, live music, dining out, late hour runs for ice cream, Harley, travel, people watching and following his grandsons many sports activities and their other achievements.  Jim was accomplished having survived Vietnam and Quadruple surgery.

Jim is survived by his children, Anthony James (Becky) Felling of White Bear Lake, Nicole Ann Marie (Chris) Nelsen of Mound,  and Robert James (Kristin) Thompson of Oakdale; grandchildren, Austin, Ethan, Gage, Jude, Valerie, Lauren, Samantha, Isaac, and Makayla; sister, Kathy (Dave) Jackson of San Angelo, Texas; niece, Kristine (Mack) Roller; nephew, James (Trina) Jackson; and fiancé, Gail Rosenow and her children, Andre, Ken (Sierra) Tate’.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Felling; and nephew, Gary Jackson.

Thank you for your service to your country Jim. We miss you.

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