Published in the Pine City Pioneer Aug. 17, 2017
James Joseph Harapat, of Hinckley, died on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at home, surrounded by family. He was 84 years old.
Jim was born on April 26, 1933, in Grasston. He was the son of Joseph and Elsie Harapat. He graduated from Pine City High School in 1952. He worked after graduation until he joined the Army Airborne and served for three years.
On Oct. 26, 1957, Jim married Joyce Janssen, and started their family in 1958. They had three children, Jill, Jeff and Todd.
Jim’s job with People’s Natural Gas Co. took them to Mora, Stewartville, Plainview and Sandstone. In 1976 he took a job at St. Croix Camp and retired from there in 1995. In 1994 they moved to their current home in Hinckley.
Jim loved fishing, camping, traveling, woodworking and most of all his family. He spent as much time as possible camping and fishing with Joyce, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim always had a great sense of humor, which stayed with him to his final day.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elsie Harapat, sisters Edna Gerth and Mary Nyberg, and brother Vernon Harapat.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce Harapat, daughter Jill (Todd) White, sons Jeff (Betty) Harapat, Todd Harapat, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, sister Blanche (Richard) Johnson, and sisters-in-law Ruta Kalnins and Sharon Andersen.