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James Childs

James Childs

Dec. 17, 1937-April 23, 2013

James Lee Childs, 75, of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29 in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. It will also continue for one hour prior to Monday's services at the church.

Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30 in Sunset Cemetery. Minneapolis.

James was born to Wayne and Ruth (Adams) Childs on December 17, 1937 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1956 and was united in marriage to Marlys Eng of Flandreau, S.D., in 1959.

Jim worked for Aetna Insurance Company until his retirement in 1994, after his wife Marlys passed away. He retired to Juggler Lake, near Waubun, and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren at the lake.

Through a mutual friend Jim met LaVaun Groth in 2000 and they were married June 14, 2003. They both enjoyed cooking and spending winters in South Padre Island and time at the lake.

Jim enjoyed woodworking and was an avid railroad enthusiast.

Surviving Jim are his wife, LaVaun Groth-Childs; son, Steven (Betti) Childs; daughter Kathy Childs-Healy (Paul Healy); stepchildren Jayne (Mark) Oachs, Dick (Barb) Groth and Donn (Michelle) Groth; grandchildren, Matthew Childs, Sarah Childs, Christopher Healy and Joe Healy, Jennifer (Lane) Pederson, Matthew (Heather) Oachs, Tyler Groth, Nick Groth, Alek Groth, Haley Groth and Emily Groth; three great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Hilda Eng; and close cousins, Charles "Chuck" (Becky) Perkins,Greg (Debbie) Childs and Jamie Ring.

Preceding him in death were his parents; first wife, Marlys; and father-in-law, Merle Eng.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes can be shared at