James E. Tadlock, 90 of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the VA Medical Center, Fargo, North Dakota. James was born on August 11, 1925 to Andrew and Florence (Sheppard) Tadlock in San Francisco, California. He was raised and educated in San Francisco. As a young man, James enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17. He received training at Fort Benning, Georgia. James was then shipped to North Africa and later was involved in the invasion of Sicily. He volunteered for jump training and joined the 82nd Airborne Division. He was also involved in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. James also served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Florence Johnson on August 10, 1962 in Reno, Nevada. James received an honorable discharge in 1976, retiring as a E9 Command Sargent Major. After his discharge, James went to work for Moore Engineering in Fargo and worked for a number of years until his retirement. James enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking, traveling, dancing and playing Keno. He also enjoyed collecting antique rifles and hand guns. James liked spending time with his dogs and cat, but most of all the time spent with his family was the time he cherished. James is survived by his wife, Florence Tadlock of Detroit Lakes, MN; children, Vince Beyl of Bemidji, MN; Michael Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; Wendy Perreira of Lake Park, MN; Lamont Johnson of Detroit Lakes, MN and Paul (Amy) Tadlock of Callaway, MN; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, son, David Beyl, daughter, Diane Johnson, four brothers and three sisters.