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James A. Thomford, 85

James A. Thomford, age 85, of Zumbrota, died on Wednesday, June 18, at the Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island.

He was born on July 14, 1928, in Faribault, to Anard and Laura (nee Quamme) Thomford. James was baptized on Aug. 13, 1928, and was confirmed on June 20, 1943, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He graduated from Zumbrota High School. On July 11, 1953, he married Arline Yedke at Christ Lutheran Church. They farmed in the Zumbrota and Pine Island area from 1956 until James retired in 1991. Arline died on May 19, 1994.

James was a member of Christ Lutheran Church for over 61 years and held various offices. He was active in the community serving on the Zumbrota School Board, Pine Island Elevator Board, Pine Island Township Board, Pine Island Toastmasters, and was a lifetime member of Pheasants Forever in Pine Island.

James enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, gardening, and was passionate about land and wildlife conservation.

He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James is survived by his sons, Peter (Ellen) Thomford of Sun Prairie, Wis., Paul Thomford of Golden, Colo., and Rev. Joel (Karen) of Chesaning, Mich.; grandchildren, Erik (Sarah), Sarah, Marcus (Riki), Matthew (Ally), Ryan, Luke, Hans, and Orie Thomford; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Ryan, Reggi, and Louis; brothers, William Thomford of Prescott, Wis., and Bucky (Rochelle) Thomford of Zumbrota; as well as nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Arline; and brother, Don Thomford.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota, with Pastor Wayne Schoch officiating. Burial will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, June 23, at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church.