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James N. StephensDecember 9, 1934 ~ February 28, 2017 (age 82)
James “Duke” Norman Stephens, 82, of Bemidji, MN, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at his home.
Duke was born December 9, 1934 in Cass Lake, MN to George and Anna (Anderson) Stephens. As a young child, his family moved to Bemidji, where he attended St. Phillips Grade School. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1953. James moved to Minneapolis where he was employed by Mark Hurd Aerial Surveys, Inc. until his retirement. In 1974, James married Mona Green. Mona passed away in 1997. After retiring, James moved back to his hometown of Bemidji, where he enjoyed getting reacquainted with old friends, meeting new ones on the bowling league, hunting and fishing.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Arnold; his beloved wife, Mona; Grandson Travis, Great grandson Levi.
Left behind are six children, Katherine (Tim) Johnson, Monika Eckerly, Raymond Eckerly, Mark Eckerly, Delores “Dee” Seibert, and Jay Stephens; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Dolores Darlington, Alice Vickery, and Kathy (Al) Lindahl; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Crossroads Church in Bemidji. Pastor John Hubert will officiate. Arrangements are being made with Midwest Cremation Association/Dennis Funeral Home of Walker. (www.midwestcremationassociation.com)