James “Jim” Hendren, of Stanchfield, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 72 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
On Tuesday August 20, 2013 we lost a wonderful husband, father, brother, grand-father, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. James “Jim” Hendren was born on November 25, 1940 on the south side of Minneapolis, Minnesota where he went to Holy Rosary Elementary and then South High School. In 1959 Jim married Barbara Forbes and they had four children. He began working for Johnston Culvert Company and retired after 35 years of service. Jim made the transition from city to country boy in the mid 70’s on a small plot of land owned by his brother George in Stanchfield, MN. Jim plopped down a fish house and a screen tent and made that his weekend retreat. On November 5, 1981, Jim married Mary Youngren, the woman he chose to spend the rest of his life with. They made a permanent move to Stanchfield to a little farm house with 160 acres that Jim called his “heaven”.
Jim was unpretentious, smart, witty and he loved the outdoors. Fishing, riding his ATV in the woods, growing vegetables in his garden, sitting on the swing holding Mary’s hand and building and watching his birds at the feeders were among the things that he loved best. On any given weekend in the summertime, you could find Jim barbequing up more food than he and Mary could possibly consume on their own knowing that neighbors or family may drop by at any time and he wanted to make sure that he had something to offer them. Jim loved having his huge family come for weekend visits: children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the more the better!!
Jim looked forward every year to the deer hunting season when friends, sons and grandsons would converge on the farm. He loved the stories, the camaraderie and was always ready with an apology to Mary since it always fell over their wedding anniversary. During these times, Jim would often leave the house to go sit in his deer stand. On several of these occasions, we realized that he had “forgotten” his gun at home. Once as some of the hunters approached his stand, they found his gun leaning against the trunk of the tree and he was happily up in his stand just watching over the land (and his TV). Suffice to say, he never got his deer but we all know he never cared about that. Jim will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Vincent; sisters, Jeanie and Barbara; son, Danny and daughter, Lisa.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children: Joel (Diane), Anthony (Teresea), Ronnie (Phyllis), Kimberli, Steve, Becky (Bob) and Peter; brothers, George (Beverly) and Richard (Tonna); 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial service was held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham. Deacon Tom Pinataro officiated a prayer service. Music was provided by Georgie Hendren Jr. Honorary Urn Bearers were Jim’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.