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James Michael Sarkela

05/09/1948 - 01/07/2020

James Sarkela, 71, of Iron, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the U of M Heart Hospital from complications of heart bypass surgery. Visitation will begin on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Range Funeral Home in Virginia and continue one hour prior to the 11:00 am funeral service on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Riverside Chapel in Forbes. Burial will take place in Forbes Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit, www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

James Sarkela was born May 9, 1948 to John and Velma (Tuomi) Sarkela.

Jim loved all sports, especially the Viking and Twins. He would only talk to you during halftime.

A very witty person, he had a joke about everything, including himself. He was even joking on the way to surgery.

He is survived by his sons, Michael (Desiree) of Virginia and Timothy of Eagan; grandson, Nicholas; brother, Ken (Elaine) of Mpls.; as well as many cousins and special friend, Connie Bauer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece, Michelle Schwalbe.

8 thoughts on “James Michael Sarkela”

  1. Susan Powell says:

    My dear cousin Jimmy will be missed by us all. My life was certainly more colorful with him in it. My love, thoughts and prayers are with Kenny, Tim and Michael as well as their families. RIP Jimmy…..

  2. Virginia Clement says:

    So sorry of reading about Jimmy’s passing. God bless all the family and prayers for comfort. Virginia Peterson Clement

  3. Linda palm says:

    I’m so glad Jim and I were able to have a long visit when he called me a few months ago. I appreciated his kindness, encouragement and humor as we reminisced about days gone by. Terry and I had many good memories of the times our families spent together.
    We will meet again.

  4. Torasie Larsen (Pattenn) says:

    So sorry for the loss of Jim. Prayers with you all.

  5. kyle wodahl says:

    Cousin jim you will be missed dearly! As a kid i never understood your humor, as I grew older and spent time at the reunions i finally understood how funny you are! Love to all the family, thoughts and prayers with you all!
    Kyle, christine and wyatt wodahl

  6. Irene Zupan says:

    Dear Cousin Jim,
    We worried for days, hoping and praying for a miracle recovery. It is so hard to grasp the fact that you are gone because you are very near, in our hearts, in our memories. Rest In God’s Peace.
    Your cousins in The Netherlands, Irene and Johan
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all family members, especially his sons and grandson, Ken and Elaine and Connie.

  7. Kris Bateman says:

    Dear cousins, family
    I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of our loss. I would like to offer you and your families our deepest and most sincere condolences. May our prayers and love help ease you through this difficult time.
    Love to all Cousin Krissy Wodahl and Chris, Katie, Jacob and Hanna Bateman, Brittany and Tyler Lamie.

  8. Clarissa says:

    I hope you find those bacon seeds in heaven! RIP my friend. You will be greatly missed!

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01/13/2020 at 11:00 am
8706 Church Ln, Forbes, MN 55738, USA

Visitation begins at Sun. 1/12/2020 5:00-7:00 pm Range Funeral Home Mon. 1/13/2020 10:00 am Riverside Chapel