James Albert “Jim” Rypkema was born March 13, 1931, died November 23, 2017 at 86 years and 8 months.
A beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be remembered for his quick wit and considerable optimism for the challenges he faced. A polio survivor; a 21 year military man from both the US Navy and The US Air Force.; a farmer; a piano repairman; a marine deputy; a caretaker for an estate; A determined hunter and a crafty ﬁsherman; a foster parent; a Civil Air Patrol leader; a Born again Christian, he understood the meaning of forgiveness.
Jim loved to tell stories. He remembered many things from growing up. As conversations would go he captivated his audience by his “play” on words. He livened up the conversation!
Coming home to Pine City in 1996 was a blessing. He cherished the old home. The garden was his delight. The 75 foot rows were often more numerous as he thought of all the folks who couldn‘t raise a garden. The salsa was his specialty, ”cook it down so it gets the full ﬂavor”, he said. At Christmas he made fudge from a secret recipe. Chocolate, Butterscotch, and Peanut butter--each batch was 5#!
Every Friday night for several years he enjoyed playing “500” with special friends, Marvin and Ina.
Survivors include: wife of 53 years-Joyce; sisters - Doris , Phyllis , Janice (Luverne), Janet(Donald); children - Cathy(Rolly), Sherry(Bryan), Karen, Jamie, Larry (Sheila), Wanda; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Burial at Rosehill Cemetery, Hinckley, MN with full military honors by the Hinckley Honor Squad. Arrangements by Tatting-Methven Funeral Home, Hinckley, MN.