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James McConville

Aug. 13, 1925-Feb. 7, 2011

James L. McConville, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, February 7, 2011 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by family.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Holy Rosary Church; there will be a Rosary at 6:30 and a prayer service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Honor Guard.

James Leslie McConville was born to Michael and Emma (Johnson) McConville on August 13, 1925 in Leonard, N.D. He was raised in Fargo, attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy (now Shanley High School) in 1943. Following graduation, he served as a Corpsman with the U.S. Navy and Marines in World War II and was in the first wave of soldiers to land on Iwo Jima, February 19, 1945.

Following his discharge, he returned to Fargo, where he attended Interstate Business College.

Jim was united in marriage to Helen Hoffman in Fargo. He worked for Midland Hospital Supply prior to starting his printing business, the Secretary Shop. He also operated a print shop for the city of Fargo during that same time. Following the sale of the Secretary Shop, he operated a print shop for Northern Water Works in Fargo. They moved to Detroit Lakes in 1969 and Jim commuted to Fargo until retiring in 1987.

Jim enjoyed good music, fishing, building and flying remote control airplanes, hunting, western movies and playing cards.

Surviving Jim are his wife of 64 years, Helen of Detroit Lakes; a son, Paul (Colette) of Crystal, Minn.; a grandson, Broc (Kacie) of Crystal; two sisters, Ermine McConville and Eunice Swanson, both of Sacramento, Calif.; and two nephews, Michael and Frank Swanson.

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Gertrude McDougall and Irene Johnson; and two infant sisters.

Special thanks to Dr. Talitha Sannes-Venhuizen, St. Mary's-Innovis, HRRV and the staff at Oak Crossing TCU.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.

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