James "Jim" Raymond Desjardin

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  • Name: James "Jim" Raymond Desjardin
  • Location of Birth: Calumet, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 16, 1925
  • Date of Death: April 28, 2019
  • Parents: Henry Desjardin & Josephine (Noldin) Desjardin
  • High School and Class: 1943 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: December 13, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: James R. Desjardin
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: May 16, 1925
    Birth Place: Calumet, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: 1943
    Employer: Calumet Theater show house
    Weight: 140
    Height: 5-7
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Henry Desjardin, Calumet, Minnesota

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    James Desjardin married Gertrude Rath in 1955 in Minnesota. He worked at Honeywell as an engineer and manager for more than 30 years, working in Minneapolis and later in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was the first manager at Honeywell to have a desktop computer and because of his pioneering example, personal computers began springing up around Honeywell. His computer expertise was used after retirement as he volunteered to produce professional newsletters for many organizations, including Friends of the Library and the Citrus County Historical Society, and he also did computer repairs for his neighborhood.

    Jim died in Gainesville, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gertrude; his brother, Eugene; six daughters, Therese, Marie, Lucy (Gery), Julie (Tom), Karen, and Laurie; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

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