Blue Earth James W. Phipps, age 91, of Blue Earth, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.
Memorial Services were held on April 8, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Blue Earht. Burial will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago.
Jim was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Winnebago to Dr. Lester and Dorothy (Gregerson) Phipps. Jim graduated from Winnebago High School in 1940 and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. In 1942 he joined the Marines Corp and spent much of his time in the Pacific and Main Land China during WWII. Jim was honorably discharged from the Marines on Feb. 19, 1946. He returned to Winnebago to continue his life and married Kathleen Sullivan on Feb. 7, 1948. He earned the right to belong to the American Legion and VFW for his service to his country. Jim served as Commander of the Blue Earth Legion Post 89 and served on the Governors Crime Council. This past year he had the privilege of being a 60 year member of the American Legion.
In 1955 he moved to Blue Earth to become a Deputy Sheriff working for Earl Fletcher. In 1968 he took a job as the Civil Defense Director for Faribault County and later retired in 1984. He continued to live in Blue Earth, where he worked part time for Sheriff Roger Fletcher. Jim trapped squirrels, only to release them, was an avid bird watcher and loved to play cribbage in the basement of the Legion.
Jim is survived by his daughters, Susan Phipps, of Blue Earth, Theresa (Jim) Brod, of New Prague,?Patricia (Bill) Remmert, of Aitkin, and Leslie Phipps, of Eagle Lake; sister, Katherine Miller, of Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathleen, in 2011; and a sister, Mary Harden.
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