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James Patrick Guernsey, 37

James Patrick Guernsey, 37, of rural Beltrami County, died on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Cass Lake Public Health Service Hospital in Cass Lake. Traditional funeral services will be held at the Leech Lake Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake...

James Patrick Guernsey, 37, of rural Beltrami County, died on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Cass Lake Public Health Service Hospital in Cass Lake.

Traditional funeral services will be held at the Leech Lake Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake. The wake for the service will begin Wednesday evening at the Veteran's Memorial Building. The Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Vinnie Roy, Dave Jones, Ray Brown, Gary "Josh" Miettinen, Nichols Stauffenecker, Byron Brown, Daniel Brown, Harley Brown, Jeff Oakgrove, Neil Cutbank and Joseph Jones Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be his friends and family members.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1970, to James and Donna Mae (Wilson) Guernsey, in San Jose, Calif. His nicknames were "Screech Owl" and "Copper Man."

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He will be remembered as a talented artist who loved children and had many friends.

He had a great sense of humor and he enjoyed cooking, especially for other people. He was very family oriented and frequently expressed his love for his wife and children.

He is survived by his wife, Bev of Cass Lake; sons, Mason and Ivan Guernsey; step-sons, Neil Cutbank, Gary "Josh" Miettinen, Christopher Miettinen and Scott Miettinen; daughters, Lacacelia Guernsey, Leda Guernsey and Alexanderia Guernsey; two granddaughters and two grandsons; sisters, Lenore (Patrick O'Neal) Barsness of Cass Lake, Lori Christianson of St. Cloud, Minn., and Mary Guernsey of Hopkins, Minn.; brother, Vernon (Linda) Barsness Jr. of Cass Lake; foster- mother, Joann St. Clair of Minneapolis, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and numerous aunts and uncles.

Online guest book at www.olsonschwartzfuneralhome.com .

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