James C. Monson, 75

James C. Monson, 75, of Lowry, died Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. Visitation will be at the funeral home fromNoon until the time of service. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

James Carroll Monson, son of Wallace and Cora (Finstad) Monson, was born on April 27, 1934, on the family farm near Sunburg. He grew up on the farm and attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church near West Norway Lake and school in Kerkhoven. Following high school graduation, James attended Concordia College in Moorhead. In January of 1955, James enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving until his honorable discharge in January of 1959. He was employed by Glenwood Manufacturing Corporation and Material Handling Components in Glenwood for 30 years. James was united in marriage to
Rose Marie Grothe on May 31, 1959, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson. This marriage was blessed with three children, James, Jr. “Jim”, Scott and Deborah. The couple fi rst made their home on a farm near Sunburg. Over the years they lived in various places including Minneapolis, Bloomington and Lonsdale before moving to Lowry in 1973.

James enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching football, basketball and baseball. He liked bird watching, gardening, playing with his dogs and tinkering outside. He loved making others laugh and smile, especially his beloved wife, Rose. James was always happy when he was with his children and grandchildren. They will miss his great sense of humor and always remember his love of life.

James is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rose Marie Monson of Lowry; two sons, Jim (Bonnie) Monson of Garfield and Scott Monson of Alexandria; one daughter, Deborah Kay Monson of Glenwood; six grandchildren, Matt and Mike Monson, and Patrick, Sean, Billy and Alisha Killacky; two sisters, Audre Wild of Arkansas and Sharon Pappas of New Hope; three brothers, Chuck (Joyce) Monson of Coon Rapids, Dennis (Judy) Monson of Minnetonka and Ronnie (Sharon) Monson of Murdock.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Elsie Grothe.