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Published March 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

James Furst

James Furst, 68, of Barnesville, MN, formerly of Crystal Lake, IL died at his home on Thursday, March 28, 2013 under the care of hospice of the Red River Valley surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville, MN. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Barnesville.

James Furst

James Furst, 68, of Barnesville, MN, formerly of Crystal Lake, IL died at his home on Thursday, March 28, 2013 under the care of hospice of the Red River Valley surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville, MN. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Barnesville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2013 at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Wednesday.

James Arthur Furst was born on November 18, 1944 to Arthur James and Phyllis Loraine (Hanson) Furst in Barnesville, MN. He attended school in Barnesville. Following school, Jim entered the US Navy serving for two years. He was a signalman on the USS Hornet.

He moved to Crystal Lake, Illinois. He was married on May 21, 1966 to Linda L. Broederdorf. They made their home in Illinois. To this union 5 children were born. He owned Jim Furst Construction and built homes in Illinois for over 20 years. Jim moved to Barnesville in October of 1995. He continued with construction and handyman work until his health failed.

He was an avid musician, who loved to sing and play guitar. Jim was an avid record collector and was good at playing "Name That Tune." He enjoyed playing billiards and was a pool shark. He loved to read the bible and finished his 55th time reading it at the end of his life. Jim loved to fish with his kids, grandkids, and nephews. Anybody who wanted to fish, he would take.

Jim is survived by 5 children: James M., (Lisa) Furst of Bull Valley, IL, Timothy S. Furst, Crystal Lake, IL, Robert A. (Holly) Furst of Crystal Lake, IL, Marcy (Mark) Estenson of Fargo, ND, Amanda (Brandon) Wotring of Harvard, IL, nine grandchildren: Jessica, Sarah, Thomas, Josh, Faith, Jacob, Jimmy, Timmy, Grant, six siblings: Virginia "Babe" Ronsberg of Ramsey, MN, Tweetsie Ambrose of Barnesville, Dixie (Ron) Lund of Big Lake, MN, Julie Hough of Fargo, ND, Linda (John) Anthony of Naples, TX, Jenny Hoppe of Barnesville, MN, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, brother in law Virgil Ronsberg, niece Debbie Mackrell.

Family condolences may be sent at www.dobmeierfuneralhome.com

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