Reverend E. James "Jim" Elvig

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  • Name: Reverend E. James "Jim" Elvig
  • Location of Birth: Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 10, 1930
  • Date of Death: November 3, 2008 (77 years old)
  • Parents: Henry Elvig and Loleta (Shirer) Elvig
  • High School and Class: 1948 - Washington High School, Brainerd, Minnesota
  • College: Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois
    Faith Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa
  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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    Korean Conflict

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    Jim's early years were spent working on the family farm and more preferably behind the soda fountain at the family drug store in Brainerd, Minnesota.

    He met his sweetheart, Marjorie Binns, at Wheaton College. They were married on August 17, 1956, in Newark, New Jersey.

    Jim was a Presbyterian Pastor for 47 years. He served many churches in the Midwest and Grand Rapids, Minnesota area, but most recently at Bowstring Chapel in Deer River, Minnesota and Riverside Presbyterian in Bigfork, Minnesota. He also served at Keewatin, Lawron, Goodland, Warba, and Jacobson in Minnesota.

    Jim was a member of Presbytery of Northern Waters.

    He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Jim will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, sense of humor and legacy of faith. He was an avid reader, gardener, expert woodworker and fisherman.

    Jim is preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons, Stephen and Paul, and infant grandsons, Patrick Riley and Jacob Von Duyke.

    Jim is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Marjorie; five daughters, Nancy (Tom) Ringgenberg, Betsy (Andy) Von Duyke, Susan (Bill) Neumeister, Laurie Elvig (Joe) Riley, Patricia (Michael) Reed; two sisters, Virginia (Dick) Bender and Martha Look; one brother, Charles (June); one sister-in-law, Marilyn Widenman; cousin, Marilyn Ashmun; several nieces and nephews; and fifteen grandchildren.

    Jim died after a year long struggle with stomach cancer and is buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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