James "Jim" C. Firman

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  • Name: James "Jim" C. Firman
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 30, 1937
  • Date of Death: July 20, 2017 (79 years old)
  • Parents: S. R. "Big Red" Firman and T. Johanna (Salo) Firman
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Community College - Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Date Sworn In: 1957
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    James enlisted in the United States Marines in 1957. He spent eight years in the reserves.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Jim was employed for 38 years in the instrument shop at Blandin Paper Company. Upon retirement, he volunteered at the Grand Rapids Food Shelf for a number of years.

    Jim's hobbies were woodworking, collecting Coca Cola memorabilia, camping, hunting, and fishing. Jim enjoyed curling, bowling, softball, golf, watching Minnesota Twins and Vikings football. A Grand Rapids sports booster, Jim enjoyed watching and attending Grand Rapids High School games.

    Jim was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where he served several terms as a Trustee and on the Board of Elders. He was an avid participant in Bible studies. He was a member of American Legion Post #60.

    Jim was preceded in death by his father, S. R. Firman and his grandparents.

    He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dottie; daughter, Julie (Bill Kinner); son, Michael (Sheri) Firman; two grandsons; mother, Johanna; sister, Sue (Gary) Berg; brothers, Richard (Sally), David (Kris) and Robert; and several nieces and nephews.

    Jim passed away peacefully at his home after a seven year battle with COPD. He is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-D-2-2)

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