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Linn County News
Published Oct. 25, 2017
James “Jim” Martin Minden, age 69 of rural Osawatomie, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at his home. Jim was born Aug. 10, 1948, at Paola, Kan. He was the second of four children born to Melvin Martin and Bessie June (Vanatta) Minden. He grew up in Osawatomie and graduated from Osawatomie High School with the Class of 1967.
After graduating from high school, Jim served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 8, 1969.
Jim and Janie Griffith were united in marriage on July 3, 1970, at Paola. They made their home in Osawatomie and became the parents of three sons.
He worked as a welder for Tech Air in Osawatomie, and then went to work for the railroad as a brakeman/conductor. He worked at Napa, Tim Worthy Transmission and Metcalf Ridge Golf Course in Louisburg to keep out of trouble after retiring.
Jim loved to hunt and fish. He looked forward to their annual family pheasant hunting trip to western Kansas every year. Jim could often be found tinkering in his garage, teaching the grandkids many of his mechanical talents. His kids enjoyed rowing up and playing on the river with their dad. Jim especially enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren. Getting to be “Boogie’s” official babysitter was an honor for him. Jim very seldom missed any of his grandchildren’s school events or activities. We can’t forget Jim’s beloved canine Buddy. Jim allowed Buddy into the house with hesitancy but soon became very attached to his canine friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Janie of the home; three sons, Jimmy (Kathy Carver) of rural Osawatomie, Jered (Stacia) of Parker, Kan., and Jason (Michelle) of Parker; 11 grandchildren, Clint, Kody, Tanner, Mackayla, Hunter, Hannah, Logan, Andrew, Mackenzie, Ethan and Mackenna; one sister, Diana (Alvin) of Simon in Fall City, Neb.; two brothers, Dennis (Brenda) of Osawatomie and Randy of Paola; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, 605 O’Neal Avenue, Osawatomie, KS 66064. Burial was in the Osawatomie Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers were his 11 grandchildren.
Memorials are to the Miami County Cancer Foundation and can be sent in care of the funeral home.


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