James C. Van Nurden, age 75, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Mills Township, Meeker County, Minnesota with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019, from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson and will continue one hour prior to the service at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
James Clayton Van Nurden was born on September 3, 1944, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was the son of Clayton and Louise (Donnay) Van Nurden. James was baptized and later confirmed, both at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, Minnesota. He received his education in Kimball, Minnesota and was a graduate with the Kimball High School class of 1962.
James was united in marriage to Diane Lynn Kruse on December 8, 1972, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Mills Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, where he then became a member. This marriage was blessed with four children, Stephanie, Richard, Melissa, and Jesse. James and Diane resided in rural Stewart, Minnesota. They shared 46 years of marriage.
James worked in the Production department at Hutchinson Technology Incorporated until his retirement in February of 2011. He held previous employment at Fingerhut and MoorMans Feed Company.
As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church he served several terms as a deacon and was the janitor for a number of years.
James enjoyed gardening, fishing, watching sports, listening to Elvis music, and being outdoors. He loved his yearly trips to Hackensack and Duluth with his family, where many memories were made. James especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
James passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Prairie Senior Cottages, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at the age of 75 years. Blessed be his memory.
James is survived by his:
Wife, Diane Van Nurden of Stewart, MN;
Children, Stephanie Salmela and her husband, Jeff, of Dassel, MN,
Richard Van Nurden of Stewart, MN,
Melissa Wiggert and her husband, Judd, of Hector, MN,
Jesse Van Nurden and his wife, Hollie, of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Ashlie, Jordan, and Bryson Salmela, Ashley, Colton, and Ellie Wiggert, Caitlynn, Mackenzie, Jacson, and Wyatt Van Nurden;
Sisters, Mary Lou Mobley and her husband, Bob, of Buffalo, MN,
Jean Brager and her husband, John, of Buffalo, MN,
Cheryl Garding and her husband, Joe, of Kimball, MN,
Michelle Kuhn and her husband, Tim, of Kimball, MN,
Lori Winter and her husband, Glenn, of St. Augusta, MN;
Brothers, Dale Van Nurden of River Falls, WI,
David Van Nurden of Columbia, MO;
Ed Van Nurden of Kimball, MN;
Mother-in-law, DeLorna Kruse of Hutchinson, MN;
Sister-in-law, Donna Hoff of Litchfield, MN;
Brother-in-law, Duane Kruse and his wife, Brenda, of Cosmos, MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
James is preceded in death by his Parents, Clayton and Louise Van Nurden; Granddaughter, Gracie Wiggert; Brothers, Roger Van Nurden, Craig Van Nurden, and Richard Van Nurden in infancy; Father-in-law, Fred Kruse; Brother-in-law, Dennis Hoff.