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James Horack

Dec. 5, 1924-Feb. 8, 2012

James "Jim" Horack, 87, of Ogema, died Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Jim was born the son of Frank and Katherine (Stech) Horack on December 5, 1924. He attended grade school at the Horack School, near McCrany Lake, rural Waubun. Jim furthered his education at Waubun public schools.

Following his schooling, Jim entered the United States Navy in June of 1943. He served mainly in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in January of 1946. Returning to the Waubun area, Jim began working for his future father-in-law doing road construction and ditching for area farmers.

On September 1, 1949 Jim was united in marriage to M. Patricia Chromy at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Waubun. The couple made their home in Waubun. In the spring of 1952, the family moved to California, where Jim worked in the oil fields until that fall. They returned to Waubun and Jim began working again for Pat Chromy and also at Leonard Wander's garage.

For a short time, Jim and Patsy lived in Keewatin, Minn., where he was employed by Hanna Mining Co. In 1955, Jim purchased Alvin Angnstman's home and school bus route in Ogema. Patsy and the children moved to Ogema, however, Jim continued to work in the iron mines until 1960 when he re-joined his family in Ogema. In between his school bus routes and during the summer months, Jim worked as a well driller for many area residents.

Jim served the community of Ogema as the city policeman, as Mayor for 10 years and also as a council member, a position he still held at the time of his death. He also held memberships with the Ogema VFW, Mahnomen American Legion and the Eagles in Crookston, Minn. He enjoyed the outdoors and all the seasons' activities including gardening, hunting, snowmobiling and golfing. Jim also spent many hours playing cards with family and friends.

Surviving Jim are his wife Patsy, of Detroit Lakes; son Alan, of Ogema; daughters Jeanne (Jim) Nelson of Sun Lakes, Ariz., JoAnn (John) Solie of Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Becky (Jim) Peter of New Hope, Minn.; four grandchildren: Erin (Kyle) Hosker, Alyssa (Nick) Hanzlik, Kyle Solie and Matt (Amanda) Rousu; three great grandchildren: Jacob, Allison and Zeke Rousu; brother, Henry (Bernice) Horack of Waubun; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son-in-law, Tim Rousu; and siblings George, Frank, John, Joe, Rose, Mary, Lillian, Emma and Willie.

A mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Ogema, with Father Walter Butor, OMI, officiating. Special music was provided by Gary Gunstinson accompanied by Lea Stech. Bruce Engebretson played the organ.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Nelson, Jim Peter, John Solie, Kyle Solie, Kyle Hosker and Nick Hanzlik. Military Honors were provided by Ogema VFW Post 9880 and the MNARNG Honor Guard.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen, and continued one hour prior to Saturday's funeral at the church. The prayer service was led by Father Dwight Hoeberechts, OMI and special music was provided by the quartet Note-ified.

Burial was in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, Ogema. Arrangements were entrusted to

Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger, Minn.

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