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James "Jim" Garland Garrison

James "Jim" Garland Garrison, 74, of rural Lake Itasca, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, of cancer at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley with the Rev. John Omans officia...

James "Jim" Garland Garrison, 74, of rural Lake Itasca, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, of cancer at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley with the Rev. John Omans officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, Thursday at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley.

He was born July 27, 1933, to Joe Wayne and Margarette (Shell) Garrison in Haralson, Ga. At 17 years of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving for 20 years as an electrician. He served on five major ships including the U.S.S. Missouri, Satyr, Meredith, Roosevelt and Yosemite. His navel career included both the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy in June 1972, and moved to Long Lake, where he has resided since. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Everhart Electric in Bagley and Naylor Electric in Bemidji until his retirement from in July of 1995. In 1955, he married Adele Zukes of Bremerton, Wash. They had a son, Daniel. His wife died in June 1985.

He married Arlene Kroll of Bagley in 1989. She died in 1995. He married Lois Smith of Bagley March of 1999. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 294 Union of Hibbing, the Itasca Rod and Gun Club and the American Legion Post 16 of Bagley. He was an avid fisherman and loved gathering wood, feeding various birds, his two big gardens and almost everything about the outdoors. His greatest joy in life was his large family.

He is survived by his wife, of Bagley; son, Daniel of Bemidji; stepsons, Terry Klostermeier of St. Cloud, Kim (Pam) Klostermeier of St. Cloud and Roy (Lori) Klostermeier of Bagley; stepdaughters, Rhonda Klostermeier of Turtle River and Lesa Strandlien of Pinewood; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Edward (Nora) Garrison of Loganville, Ga.; sisters, Carolyn Cole of Suwanee, Ga., Betty (Reid) Misenheimer of Loganville, Barbra Bowers of Gainsville, Ga., and Joyce (Raymond) Orrie of Roswell, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wives, Adele and Arlene.

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