James "Jim" Odean Sandland, age 99 of Mankato formerly of St. Peter, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Laurel's Peak Rehabilitation Center in Mankato.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011 at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Don Holmstrom officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Saint Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
James Odean was born November 28, 1911 to Tom and Christine (Brue) Sandland in Clearbrook, MN. On December 2, 1939, Jim was united in marriage to Bernice Johnson in St. Peter, MN. They were blessed with four children. From 1943 until 1945, Jim served in the United States Army during World War II. He ran the Norseland Meat Locker with his brother-in-law and co-owned the meat market in Fairfax, before becoming a baker for 16 years at the St. Peter State Hospital. He baked the best homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. After retiring in 1976, Jim worked 10 years as security for Gustavus Adolphus College. He was a strong and patient man who believed family was important.
Jim is survived by his three children: Don (Pam) Sandland, Dudley (Sharon) Sandland, and Debbie (Gerry) Morris all of Mankato; daughter-in-law, Carol Sandland of Mankato; ten grandchildren: Kellie (Todd) Kopischke, Melinda (Shawn) Busse, Christopher Sandland, Anissa Sandland, Kate Sandland, Jill (Mike) Anderson, Travis (Dalaina) Sandland, Kimberly (Dave) Loeffelmacher, Danielle Morris, and Patrick Morris; fifteen great-grandchildren: James, Andrew, and Elizabeth Kopischke, Benjamin and Emily Busse, Skyler, Ezra, Noah, and Rylee Sandland, Benjamin and Hannah Anderson, Ryan and Jaxen Sandland, Devin and Clara Loeffelmacher; two siblings: Truman (Avis) Sandland and Enice Nordlund of Clearbrook and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Bernice Sandland in 2002; son, Dennis Sandland in 2011; two great-grandchildren: Hannah and Michael Kopischke; two brothers: Lester and Rueben Sandland; and sister, Ruby Baumann.