James Gullickson, 65James “Jim” Wilbur Gullickson, age 65, of Wanamingo, died after a long bout with cancer on Sunday, Jan. 27, at his home.
James “Jim” Wilbur Gullickson, age 65, of Wanamingo, died after a long bout with cancer on Sunday, Jan. 27, at his home.
He was born on April 18, 1947, in Red Wing, the son of Wilbur and Inez (Reierson) Gullickson. Jim was baptized and confirmed at Wanamingo Lutheran Church. He was a 1965 graduate of Wanamingo High School. Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Jim was employed at Maple Island in Wanamingo from 1965 until his retirement in June 2011. He married Cecelia (Janie) Peyton, and they later divorced. In 1999, Jim married Charlene “Char” Jackson.
Jim learned clock repair in the 1980s and repaired hundreds of antique clocks. He enjoyed flea markets, bird watching, his outdoor flower beds, and his dog. Jim also enjoyed his motorcycles and riding his Harley. Serving in the military was very important to him; three of his sons have also served in the U.S. Navy. Jim was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Jim is survived by his wife, Char; sons, Chad of Blaine, William “Jim” of Wanamingo, Justin of West Concord, Josef (Teresa) of Wanamingo, John (Amanda) of Brandywine, Md., Jarid (Gilda) of Boonsboro, Md.; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Eugene (Barbara) of Rochester, David (Alice) of Rochester, Neil of Wanamingo; eight nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his grandson; granddaughter; and parents.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Wanamingo Lutheran Church in Wanamingo with Reverend Christopher Culuris officiating. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Wanamingo Honor Guard. A memorial gathering will be held at the church from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.