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James Emmet Gavin

James Emmet Gavin, 91, of Brainerd, formerly of Ironton, Minn., died Monday March 16, 2009, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

A funeral service will be held at noon today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. today. Military honors will be provided by the Myrin-James American Legion Post No. 443. Burial will be in the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby.

Koop Funeral Home of Crosby, Minn., assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1917, to Owen and Anne (Hayes) Gavin in Caledonia, Minn. He married Phyllis M. Galle on Feb. 9, 1944, in Oakland, Calif. They owned and operated Jim's Lunch in Ironton for 38 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post No. 443 in Ironton, St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby, serving on the churches finance committee; member and past Grand Knight of the Cuyuna Range Knights of Columbus, past president of the Ironton Housing Association with 32 years of service, Ironton Sewer District for 12 years, retired Ironton Firefighter with 20 years of service, Ironton Commercial Club; former Ironton City Council person for 13 years and a Hallett Foundation Board Representative.

He is survived by his wife; son, James (Patricia) Gavin of Bemidji; daughter, Georgia (William) Polley of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, Lawrence (Elaine)Gavin of Caledonia, Wilfred (Josephine) Gavin of Caledonia and Bob (Ruby) of Nazareth, Pa.; sister, Helen Heinen of St. Paul; four grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Millie Hogseth and Mary Burg; brothers, Joe, John, Earl and Harold Gavin.