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James Edgar DeYoung, 63

James Edgar DeYoung, 63, of Bemidji, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji. Burial will be in Greenwood Ce...

James Edgar DeYoung, 63, of Bemidji, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji.

He was born July 24, 1944, to Edgar and Elizabeth (Huizinga) DeYoung in Kalamazoo, Mich. At a young age, the family moved to Redlands, Calif. He attended college at the University of Redlands, receiving his undergrad and master's degree there. After college, he taught junior high history in Redlands, and then took an offer to teach and take classes at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where he met his future wife, Kathleen Hamer. They were married Jan. 24, 1970, in Oberlin, Ohio.

After their marriage, they moved back to Redlands, where he taught elementary school for the next 30 years. In 2001, they moved to Longview, Texas to be with family and, in March 2008, they moved to Bemidji. He enjoyed trap and skeet shooting sporting clays, reading and Kai, his dog. He was a member of the Reformed Church of America as well as a deacon. He also taught Sunday school and catechism in the Reformed and Christian Reformed churches. While in Texas, he was a member of Christ the King Orthodox Presbyterian Church. At his death, he was an Orthodox Christian.

He is survived by his wife; son, Stephen DeYoung of South Canaan, Pa.; daughters, Elizabeth (Matthew) Berge of Bemidji, Jamie DeYoung of Bemidji; two grandchildren; and sister, Nancy Casey of Bemidji.

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He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online guest book is at www.olsonschwartzfuneralhome.com .

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