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James V. "Jim" Bestick – Obituary

Name: James V. "Jim" Bestick

Age: 74

Born: 10-10-1947

Died: 12-22-2021

Visitation:
Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Service:
St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud, Minnesota


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cathedral (Upper Church) for James Vincent “Jim” Bestick, age 74, of St. Cloud who entered into eternal rest at his home on December 22, 2021. Reverend Brady Keller will officiate. Interment will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls with full military honors.

Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Parish prayers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Jim was born on October 10, 1947 in Redwood Falls, MN to Vincent James and Florence Theresa (Kosek) Bestick. He married Barbara Lynn (Patten) on June 24, 1972.  Growing up in Redwood Falls, he developed his lasting love of the outdoors, spending endless hours exploring the expansive Redwood Falls Park.  In high school his greatest achievements were in wrestling and earning the honor of Eagle Scout.  Jim proudly served 4 years in the US Navy- including 2 tours in Vietnam.  Following his military service, he attended St. Cloud State University and earned his Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Aquatic-Microbiology. Jim worked for the MN Pollution Control Agency and the Stearns County Community Health Agency throughout his career.  

Jim worked tirelessly serving and supporting veterans. His service began when a student at SCSU and President of the SCSU Vets Club. Later in life he served 10 years as President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 290 and 10 years as the President of the St. Cloud Stand Down.

Jim’s greatest joy in life was found when deer hunting, fishing, spending time with family, friends and watching his grandson’s sporting events. Jim’s quick wit and humor, kindness, and personal attention to people, touched the hearts of everyone. 

The family would like to express deep gratitude to all medical personnel, especially those at the St Cloud VA, who have lovingly cared for Jim over the years.  He had a special fondness for you all.

He is survived by his wife, Barb of 49 1/2 years; children, Jennifer (Jason) Bernick of Rice, Rachel Bestick of Minneapolis, Lindsey (Steve) Knapp of St. Louis Park; four beloved grandchildren, Marcel and Elliot Testa, Sydney and Amelia Knapp; siblings Tom, Pat (Louise), Mark (Sheila) and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Madonna Baune; and sister-in-laws, Mary Bestick and Ann Bestick.

Guestbook for James V. "Jim" Bestick


Kathy Husu
, Friend
January 8, 2022, 3:22 pm
Barb & family, The Husuís are so saddened by your loss. Jim was a caring, humorous, loving man who touched our lives. You and Jim were such wonderful friends and neighbors to mom. She misses you and sends her prayers along with the the rest of us. So sorry we werenít in attendance for the memorial-as we werenít aware. With our deepest sympathies, The Husuís
Tim Carla Johnston
, Family Friends
January 2, 2022, 4:39 pm
Tim and I met Barb and Jim quite a few years ago and instantly felt like we had a connection with this wonderful family. Our love and prayers are with Bestick family.
Pat Hanson
, Fried
January 2, 2022, 1:01 am
I worked with Jim at the MPCA,outstanding public employee protecting MN resources. Enjoyed many hunting trips out West with Jim.
Orbbie Webber
, Friend
December 31, 2021, 5:00 pm
I haven't seen Jim since we worked at the MPCA. We were in grad school together. My condolences to the Bestick family.
Tim walsh
, Friend
December 29, 2021, 9:13 pm
Jim was the glue that held many of us together. He was my boss and a fellow vet, but above all a caring friend who often showed his caring and humanity for others subtly and without fanfare. We were better to have known him and lesser with him gone. He will be missed

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