James “Jim” Raymond Chase


James “Jim” Raymond Chase “Oshki Migizi” (Young Eagle), age 68, passed away on May 17th, 2021 holding the hands of his beloved wife, Debbie, and his daughter, Melissa, and surrounded by the love of his children and family.

Jim spent the majority of his career in education promoting the needs of students from Head Start in the early 1970’s to High School at the time of his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the Cass Lake Indian Education Committee for 40+ years and was a founding member of the Minnesota Indian Education Committee. Jim was an active member of the Jack Kimball Legion Post in Cass Lake, MN for many years and served as Commander for four years.

He loved hunting, fishing, golf, snowmobiling, family vacations, his kids and grandkids. He was a great friend to many and was well respected in the community.

The family that Jim joins again are his son; James Raymond Chase II, mother; Valentine Chase, father; Arthur Chase, Sr., and sister; Tillie “Tooter” Chase.

His memory will be cherished by his wife; Debbie Chase, son; Jeremy (Megan) Chase, daughters; Melissa (Dan) Chase, Chelsea Tiokasin and Heidi (James) Inman; brothers; Arthur Chase, Jr., Joseph Chase, and David Chase, sisters; Valerie Chase and Roberta Chase, grandchildren; Jordan Inman, Aiden Inman, Hannah Helmer and Elleanor Tiokasin, many other relatives and many friends.

A Celebration of Jim’s Life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 at the Bena Community Center in Bena, MN. Visitation hours will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Pallbearers for Jim will be Andrew Chase, William Chase, Dustin Chase, Dylan Chase, Joseph Chase and Jared Chase. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Bena, MN following his celebration. Military honors accorded by the Leech Lake Honor Guard of Cass Lake, MN.

Jim’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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