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James Harazin

James Harazin

James Harazin, age 78, of Bird Island died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 18th at 1:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial with military rites will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Bird Island with a prayer service at 7:30 pm. Visitation continues on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice.

James Peter Harazin was born July 25, 1935 at Olivia, MN, to Henry and Mary (Kodet) Harazin. When he was young his family moved to Bird Island where he grew up on the family farm. Jim graduated from St. Mary's High School in Bird Island. Jim served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 as a welder. After his military service he returned to farm with his father. Jim married Helen Osman on June 21, 1958 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bird Island and they were blessed with five children. Jim was a lifelong farmer, having milked cows for over 55 years, and even though they moved into town in 2004 he continued to farm until the fall of 2013. Jim had enjoyed taking trips, driving around looking at the crops, camping, water skiing, playing horseshoes, fishing, hayrides, and playing Suduko and cards. He will certainly be remembered as a fun loving and generous man, who loved feeding everybody, "happy hour", and his animals, especially his cats and dogs. Above all Jim cherished family time and looked forward to when the grandchildren could stay overnight. Jim was a man of faith and dedicated member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion as well as a member of their card club for over 50 years. Jim died due to complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014 while surrounded by the love of his family .

Jim is survived by his wife, Helen Harazin of Bird Island; his five children: Mike (Nancy) Harazin of Franklin, Theresa (James) Jacobs of Bird Island, Jeanne Prescott of Redwood Falls, Danny (Brenda) Harazin of Bird Island, and Kathy (Larry) Dean of Hector; his 18 grandchildren: Megan Harazin, Terrin Harazin, Cody Harazin, Alicia (Tom) Osthus, Joe (Leta) Jacobs, Craig (Michelle) Jacobs, Kelsey (Matt) Fischer, Scott (Kristin) Lidbeck, James Lidbeck (special friend Veronica), Bridget (Peter) Nez, Jacob Prescott, Mitchell Prescott, Chad (Tabitha) Harazin, Krista (Jeff) Boersma, Kyle Harazin (special friend Courtney), Alanna Dean, Rachel Dean, and Lily Dean; his 16 great grandchildren; his brother: Scotty (Sue) Arrell of Minneapolis; and his sisters-in-law: Hazel Harazin of Redwood Falls and Connie (Gary) Harazin Pederson of Minneapolis. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers John Harazin and Richard "Dick" Harazin.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service

(320) 523-1102