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1937 James 2016

James Francis Vavricka

September 3, 1937 — May 4, 2016

James F. Vavricka 78, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Essentia Health, Fargo, North Dakota after a five year battle with heart disease. Jim was born on September 3, 1937 in Olivia, Minnesota to Louis and Irene (Farenbaugh) Vavricka. He grew up on the family farm. He had three sisters and three brothers. Jim attended school in Olivia and graduated high school in 1955. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and spent three years in the Navy as an electrician. Jim served during peace time and was able to see many countries during his time of service. After his discharge he attended the University of Minnesota in 1961 and 1962. Jim married Marcy Prieb in Minneapolis on November 5, 1960. In 1963, he moved his family to a farm in Wilkin County, Minnesota where his father-in-law helped him start farming. He always wanted to farm and they spent thirty-eight years on the farm where they raised their family of three sons and a daughter. Jim and Marcy retired in 2001 and moved to Lake Franklin near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. After farming came hunting and fishing. Jim was a member of the Kent Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Jim spent many weekends fishing and hunting with his sons and friends. He hunted Elk, deer, bear, antelope, turkey, Wild pig, Javalina and Caribou. Jim also had many fishing trips to Canada and Lake Michigan. He enjoyed barbecuing, making Sunday breakfast, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Jim had a deep faith that sustained him during all his health issues. Jim is survived by his wife, Marcy Vavricka of Pelican Rapids, MN; sons, Jeff of Sacramento, CA; Mike of Detroit Lakes, MN; Dave (Cheryl) of Minnetonka, MN; daughter, Kathy (Chris) Peacock  of Columbus, MN; grandsons, Zach, Jake and Luke Vavricka, Alex and Nicholas Peacock; brothers, Louis Vavricka of Vergas, MN; Bill (Doris) Vavricka of Menifee, CA; sisters, Jan Parsel of Newport Beach, CA; Mary Campbell of Corona, CA and Carolyn Young of Kennewick, WA; numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Vavricka.
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