JAMES R. DeCHAMBEAUJames R. DeChambeau, of Barnes, Wis., formerly of Duluth, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends.
JAMES R. DeCHAMBEAU
James R. DeChambeau, of Barnes, Wis., formerly of Duluth, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends.
James was born March 13, 1941, in West Duluth, to Orville “Babe” and Helen (Rolla) DeChambeau. He was a 1959 graduate from Denfeld High School, was active in football and swimming, and held the state record for the breast stroke. His military service included the Marine Reserve and Army Reserve for seven years.
Jim worked in the trucking industry for Briggs, Ruan and Monson Trucking. He was manager of Pre Fab Transit for 15 years. Jim retired as maintenance supervisor for St. Luke’s hospital after 18 years. Almost 10 years ago he was blessed to receive a heart transplant and was given the opportunity to enjoy time with all of his grandchildren, including the birth of twin grandsons.
Throughout his years of medical problems, Jim always had a sense of humor.
Jim was a former member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran. He loved spending time at his lake home and especially loved driving his John Deere tractor. Jim always loved cars. His favorites were the Corvettes he owned.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Jack Smith.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Donna (Sandquist); son Jason (Gina) DeChambeau of North Carolina; daughter Danielle (Dana) Putzke of Esko; grandchildren Carrie, Alison and Nathan DeChambeau and Natalie, Kendra and twins Ethan and Dylan Putzke; sister Janice Smith; nephews Craig (Michelle) Smith, Mark (Gayle) Smith and Shari (Tim) Mlodozyniec; and beloved dog Dudley, who helped take care of him and was always by his side.
VISITATION: 9 until the 10 a.m. memorial service Thursday, Aug. 1, in Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth.
Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota, (218) 624-5200.
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