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Published April 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

James Lee Childs

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

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 29 at 11AM at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway, MN. Visitation will be held at David Donehower Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28 from 5PM until 7PM followed by a prayer service at 7PM. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Interment will be Tuesday April 30 at 10AM in Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

James Lee Childs

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

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 29 at 11AM at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway, MN. Visitation will be held at David Donehower Funeral Home on Sunday, April 28 from 5PM until 7PM followed by a prayer service at 7PM. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Interment will be Tuesday April 30 at 10AM in Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

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

Jim is survived by his wife: LaVaun Groth-Childs, son Steven (Betti) Childs, daughter Kathy Childs-Healy (Paul Healy), step-children Jayne (Mark) Oachs, Dick (Barb) Groth, 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, Emily Groth. Three great-grandchildren. Mother-in-law: Hilda Eng and close cousins: Charles “Chuck” (Becky) Perkins,Greg (Debbie) Childs and Jamie Ring.

He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marlys and father-in-law: Merle Eng.

On-line tributes can be shared at www.daviddonehower.com. the David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.

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