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James F. Gartner


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James F. Gartner, 79, of Preston, Minn., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home.

James Gartner was born on November 25, 1934 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Frank and Ella (Scanlon) Gartner. He graduated from Preston High School in 1953. On February 2, 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany until his discharge on January 17, 1958. James worked various jobs in the Preston area following his discharge. In 1964 he owned his own milk hauling business and on August 29 of that same year he married Viola Kellner at St. Pius X in Rochester. James continued to haul milk until 1971, he then farmed until 1996. From there he worked for Gehling Auctioneers until 2010. He also loved mowing lawns. He was a lifelong member of St. Columban Catholic Church. He was very active with the American Legion and was past commander of the Preston VFW. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and going to auctions.

Survivors include his wife, Viola. One son, Tom (Micki) and daughter, Linda Gartner both of Preston. Four grandchildren, Brady, Daulton and Bailey Gartner and Jonathan Hanson all of Preston. One brother, Jerry (Nancy) of Preston and two sisters, Jeanette Budde of Peru, Ill., and Rita Wilson of Preston. He was preceded by his parents and two brother-in-laws.

A funeral mass was on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with Rev. Patrick Arens officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston.

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