James Niebeling 80 of Red Wing died Friday, November 30 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born February 5, 1938 in Lake City to Edwin and Ella (Thomforde) Niebeling and spent most of his life in Red Wing. On July 27, 1957 he married Linda Bennefeld. Jim worked at Red Wing Shoe Company for 46 years.
Throughout his life he enjoyed camping and fishing in northern Minnesota, trout fishing at Whitewater State Park, and special trips to Alaska, Newfoundland and Canada. He also greatly enjoyed taking his dog Lulu on daily walks on Memorial Bluff.
Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda; Sons, Tracy (Kristie) Niebeling of Waconia, MN, Andy Niebeling of Red Wing, Nick Niebeling of Berkeley, CA, daughter Shawn Niebeling of Red Wing; eight grandchildren, Tara Niebeling, Kyle Niebeling, Rho Ras, Esha Rasmus, Nate Niebeling, Lily Niebeling, JoonTae Niebeling, and JoonHui Niebeling; siblings, Davis (Karen) Niebeling of Bay City WI, and Margaret Books of Florida.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norbert, Lawrence, Dean, Robert, and Gerald; sisters, Emily, Arlene June, Donna, Evelyn, Lucille, Ruth, Angeline, and Mary Jane.
In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. Donations in his memory should go to the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center.