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James "Jim" A. Ferris – Obituary

Name: James "Jim" A. Ferris

Age: 89

Born: 05-05-1931

Died: 04-07-2021

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for James “Jim” A. Ferris, age 89, of St. Cloud.  Reverend Gregory Sauer will officiate.  Jim passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021 at The Sanctuary of St. Cloud.  Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls with full military honors.  

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 11 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 10 a.m. at the church on Monday.  Parish Prayers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Masks and social distancing will be observed.

Jim was born May 5, 1931 in Green Bay, WI to James and Ethel (Reblitz) Ferris.  After graduating from College, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956.  He married Geraldine Becque on July 28, 1956 in Green Bay, WI.  They moved to the St. Cloud area in 1968 where he worked as a realtor for many companies over 25 years.  He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622 and Knights of Columbus Council 5548.

Jim enjoyed racquetball, golf, pickleball, and playing cards.  He loved traveling with his wife and family. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and also for his community activity, volunteering for his church, Meals on Wheels, MCCL and Toys for Tots. He was a lifelong Packer Fan.

Jim is survived by his children Monica (Terry) Chacos of Burnsville, Dan (Cindy Carlson) of Minneapolis, Diane (Guy) Vance of Eden Prairie and Rob (Angie) of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren Tony, Paul, Matthew, Sarah, Vince, Dascia, Fiana, Jevrett, Molly, Elena, Jake, Alec and Ryan; two great grandchildren Julia and Bobby; and three siblings Lowell, Mary and Margie Ferris.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents and wife of 64 years Gerry (10/15/2020).
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or Prolife Action Ministries.

Guestbook for James "Jim" A. Ferris

Marjorie Ferris
, Sister
April 10, 2021, 3:46 pm
Jimmy was my favorite brother. Even though there were over twelve years age difference between us (he was entering university the same time I was entering kindergarten, and so was away from home most of the time) I still have some very happy childhood memories of him. About my first childhood memory of anything is of him putting me on the handlebars of his bike and whisking me up an elm tree lined street to run an errand for our mother. He was an Eagle Scout. He was affable and adventurous. He chummed with a group of boys in grade school who he kept as friends all his life. He honorably served in the U. S. Army in Korea. I will never forget the slide show he gave the family of scenes from Korea and Japan. That was exotic stuff in 1956! With a business degree from the University of Wisconsin, Jimmy became a valuable employee in several corporations. But with a mid-life career change he found his truest calling as a real-estate agent. There his exuberant personality and energy earned him the joy and rewards his talents deserved. Everywhere he went Jimmy made friends and left things just a little bit better than he found them. Sometimes even a lot better. He loved traveling, his family, his church, mainline entertainment shows and laughing. He always had a twinkle in his eyes and was laughing. My last three meetings with Jimmy were bitter-sweet. It was sad to see him in a failing condition, but he still had a vibrant memory, and we shared some meaningful thoughts. I wished that I could do more to help him, but untoward conditions prevented that. Now all I can do for him is to pray that Jesus does for him what I wish for myself: that the Lord of LIFE takes James Alan Ferris into a place of full joy and peace rewarding him for all his virtues and casting all his sins far away.
Pat Warwick
April 9, 2021, 1:18 pm
My deepest sympathy to the Ferris family on the loss of your father. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

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